Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Frits Van Beelen: South Australia: He is currently in court challenging his conviction on the basis that evidence presented at his trial by discredited forensic pathologist Colin Manock about the time of death was wrong...." The Court of Criminal Appeal was told on Tuesday that Dr Manock made his estimate on the basis of the girl’s stomach contents and that couldn’t be reliably done in the early 1970s."

"Frits Van Beelen is appealing his conviction for the 1971 murder of 15-year-old Deborah Leach at Taperoo."

GIST: "Evidence  used to help convict a South Australian man of the murder of a teenage girl more than four decades ago was simply wrong, a court has been told. Frits Van Beelen has spent 17 years in prison for the murder of 15-year-old Deborah Leach, who was found buried in seaweed at Taperoo Beach in Adelaide in 1971. Released in 1990, Van Beelen is now seeking to challenge his conviction, arguing that evidence presented at his trial by forensic pathologist Colin Manock about the time of death was wrong."

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The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:


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Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.