Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lindy Chamberlain: Inquest aftermath; Blood expert Prof. Barry Boettcher remembers Azaria case. (Must Read. HL);

STORY: "Blood expert remembers Azaria case," by reporter Ian Kirkwood, published in the Newcastle Herald on June 16, 2012.

GIST: "Professor Barry Boettcher has no doubts that a dingo killed Azaria Chamberlain on the night of August 17, 1980. He was convinced from the time he was asked in March 1982 to examine scientific evidence that the Crown was using in its case against the Chamberlains. A blood specialist who was living a normal academic’s life at the time, Professor Boettcher had done some specialist work on a couple of court cases when the Chamberlain defence team asked him to review the evidence of the Crown’s forensic biologist, the late Joy Kuhl. ‘‘I became involved just after the second inquest when the Chamberlains were charged with murder,’’ the emeritus professor said yesterday. ‘‘I remember looking at the work notes of Mrs Kuhl and I thought if it was Azaria’s blood you would not get the results she observed. ‘‘I knew then that there was something very wrong.’’".........He says he was criticised by some at the university for his support of the Chamberlains, but he believed being a professor gave him ‘‘the right to profess – to speak out on subjects of my academic expertise, which this was’’."
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