By Debi Marshall
As her parent's slept on Friday April thirteen, 1973 17-month previous Deidre Kennedy used to be snatched from her cot. Tossed like trash on most sensible of a bathroom block in a close-by park, sunrise printed the obscenity of her homicide. wearing women's undies, her obese thigh confirmed bruising inflicted by way of chew marks. She have been bashed, sexually assaulted and strangled. there has been no eyewitness. No rationale. No confession. No closure for Deidre's kin. 3 many years on, they're nonetheless ready. In 1985 - 11 years after her dying - former RAAF technician Raymond John Carroll was once chanced on to blame of her homicide and later acquitted on charm. In 2000, he was once came upon in charge of perjury considering that he lied whilst he acknowledged he didn't kill the infant. Acquitted for the second one time - this time on double jeopardy - the case went the entire solution to the Australian excessive courtroom, which disregarded the Crown's attraction. He may by no means be re-tried back. A bewildered Australian public, at a loss to appreciate the technicalities...
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Using dental impressions, Romaniuk had helped identify three murder victims in outback Queensland in 1965. Seven years later, he had been called to help in the identification of a skeleton found near Charters Towers. The 18-year-old woman would earn an ignominious place in Queensland’s criminal history as one of the state’s first hitchhiking murder victims. But this was Romaniuk’s first bite mark case and he needed to follow particular steps to match the bite mark on Deidre Kennedy with the offender.
The dilation of the vagina and bruising around the anus could have been caused by fingers or by an erect penis. It would not have required great force to produce these injuries. The vagina contained a small amount of pink fluid which I examined but could find no spermatozoa. I also took smears from the vagina which were subsequently examined in the State Health Laboratory and no spermatozoa was found. O’Reilly continues to detail the injuries. 5cm apart, on the front of the left thigh just above the knee.
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