Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Henry Keogh; "Body in bath" case: His landmark bid for freedom is first to be launched under new South Australian law. Forensic pathology in case to come under attack as legal team sets out to prove that no murder occurred. The Australian.

STORY: 'Body in bath' killer's new bid for freedom," by reporter Mark Schliebs, published bythe Australian on July 9, 2013.

GIST:  "A man convicted of murdering his fiance before exhausting his rights of appeal has launched a landmark bid to have his case heard again before a South Australian court. In an Australian first, Henry Keogh, jailed for 25 years over the 1994 murder of Anna-Jane Cheney at the couple's Adelaide home, has applied directly to the full bench of the Supreme Court in a bid to have his conviction quashed. A high-profile legal team that includes former magistrate Marie Shaw QC and barrister Sam Abbott lodged the application on behalf of the so-called "body in the bath killer". They are using new laws that allow the court to hear an appeal if "fresh and compelling evidence" emerges after a person has been convicted. South Australia's Labor government earlier this year became the first jurisdiction in the nation to introduce such a law. Previously, a convicted criminal who had exhausted their rights to appeal could petition the state governor for mercy only if they wanted their conviction quashed.........Legal academic Bob Moles, who has been campaigning for Keogh for a decade, said he was confident that the Full Court -- if it decided to hear the new appeal -- would quash the conviction."This will be an absolute landmark case, not just for South Australia but for the whole of Australia," Dr Moles said. He said Keogh's case was "one of the worst cases, from a legal point of view, in all of our 10 years of research". "We have fundamental concerns about forensic pathology in the case. I'm now confident in saying that no murder occurred, and no criminal event occurred."

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