Friday, September 14, 2012

Bulletin: David Eastman; South Australian Judge to head Eastman Inquiry. (Fresh gunshot residue evidence sheds doubt on Eastman's guilt; HL);

BACKGROUND: (Brisbane Times): "David Harold Eastman has won an application to have a fresh inquiry into his conviction for the 1989 murder of an assistant federal police commissioner. Under ACT law, the Supreme Court can order an inquiry into a conviction if fresh evidence raises doubt or question about whether a person is guilty. In 1995, a jury found Eastman guilty of shooting Colin Winchester dead in the driveway next to his Canberra home. He was sentenced to life imprisonment........In November 2011, The Canberra Times reported a schoolteacher friend of Eastman had sworn an affidavit saying he had borrowed Eastman's car in the late 1980s to go rabbit shooting, accounting for gunshot residue found in the vehicle's boot."

STORY: "South Australian judge to head Eastman Inquiry," by reporter Eizabeth Byrne, published by ABC on September 8, 2012.

GIST: "The ACT Government has appointed a retired Judge of the South Australian Supreme Court, Kevin Duggan, to head the new Board of Inquiry into the conviction of David Harold Eastman. Eastman is serving a life sentence for the murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989."

The entire story can be found at:

See "Australia: Time for a review body for wrongful convictions" by Carole McCartney, published by the Wrongful Convictions Blog on September 8, 2012, at:


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