Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bulletin; Henry Keogh; Australia; The South Australian Supreme Court hears from a medical expert that Anna-Jane Cheney may have died from an anaphylactic reaction - and that certain tissue samples in government custody had been destroyed in late 2012. Australian Broadcast News. (ABC);

STORY: "Henry Keogh murder appeal bid hears from expert medical witness about drug Hismanal," by reporter Loukas Founten, published by ABC  on February20, 2014.

GIST: Drowning victim Anna-Jane Cheney's face was swollen after her death, strengthening suggestions she may have died from an anaphylactic reaction, the South Australian Supreme Court has been told. She died in the bath of her home at Magill in Adelaide in 1994. Her fiance Henry Keogh was convicted of drowning her and jailed with a non-parole term of 25 years. In his latest bid to appeal, Keogh needs to prove he has fresh and compelling evidence. His lawyers have called expert pathologist Professor Anthony Thomas to give evidence to the court. Professor Thomas said that in 2009 he became aware of the presence of the prescription drug Hismanal in Ms Cheney's system at the time of her death and did various tests on tissue samples. He said he had not heard of the antihistamine before, but his research found it could lead to fatal cardiac arrhythmia and cause anaphylactic reactions. He said a comparison of photos before and after the woman's death showed her face was swollen......... Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Adam Kimber asked the court to take possession of the tissue samples Professor Thomas had. He told the court other tissue samples at the Forensic Science Centre had been destroyed in late 2012 and he wanted to get a separate expert to do more tests on the remaining material. "Any destruction of these exhibits didn't involve my office in any way ... and I have no reason to believe the Solicitor-General was consulted on that," he said. The DPP said he would ask the Forensic Science Centre why the material had been destroyed."

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