Monday, February 17, 2014

Bulletin: Henry Keogh; Australia; Hearing opens with a newly filed report suggesting that Anna-Jane Cheney took the drug hismanal prior to her death, and may have suffered fatal anaphylactic shock. The Advertiser.

STORY: "New report says Anna-Jane Cheney may have died  from anaphylactic shock,  not foul play, by chief court reporter Sean Fewster, published by The Advertiser on February 17, 2014.

PHOTO CAPTION:  "Anna-Jane Cheney was not murdered by Henry Keogh and may have suffered an extreme allergic reaction before her 1994 death, a new expert report has claimed."

GIST: "The Supreme Court has heard a Flinders University professor’s report, filed last Friday, has shed new light on the controversial, long-running case. Keogh was convicted of murder based on prosecution allegations Ms Cheney was grabbed by her ankles and drowned in her bathtub in the couple’s Magill home. However, Associate Professor Anthony Thomas has now suggested Ms Cheney took the drug hismanal prior to her death, and may have suffered fatal anaphylactic shock . He has also tested a 19-year-old sample of Ms Cheney’s body tissues and found evidence which, he claims, proves any bruising on her ankle was several days old at the time of her death. The claims came to light early on the first day of Keogh’s week-long, landmark challenge to his conviction. It arises from new laws allowing the court to hear an appeal, even after all appeal rights have been exhausted, if “fresh and compelling evidence” emerges.........In court today, Director of Public Prosecutions Adam Kimber, SC, said he only received a copy of Professor Thomas’ report on Friday night. “He mentions the drug hismanal, which has never been mentioned before,” he said. “He puts that drug forward as a drug taken by the deceased at some point in her life based on medical material he has viewed, but which does not form part of the evidence provided to us. “This is the very first time ... he has put that the drug might have caused an allergic reaction and raises anaphylactic shock as a cause of death.” Mr Kimber dubbed the report a “grab-bag of opinion and, in effect, criticism” and said he needed more time to consider it. Marie Shaw, QC, for Keogh, opposed any delay to the hearing.........Justice Nicholson said the hearing should proceed as scheduled, and that he would allow time during the week for further reports to be compiled. The hearing continues."

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