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Eastman Inquiry - Board of Inquiry Redacted Full Report 29 May 2014

Eastman Inquiry - Board of Inquiry Redacted Full Report 29 May 2014

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An inquiry into the murder conviction of David Harold Eastman recommends his conviction be quashed.
An inquiry into the murder conviction of David Harold Eastman recommends his conviction be quashed.

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Inquiry into the Conviction of David Harold Eastman for the Murder of Colin Stanley Winchester
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF INQUIRY
Submitted to the Registrar of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory pursuant to section 428 of the
Crimes Act 
 1900 (ACT)
 
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Legislative Provisions………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 Background…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7 The Trial ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9 Evidence at Trial………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14 Scope of Inquiry…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
PARAGRAPHS 1 4………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 34 PARAGRAPH 1……………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 35
Medical Evidence…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 40 Legal Practitioners………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47 22 May 1995………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 52 22 May 29 June 1995………………………………………………………………………………………………… 52 Conclusion Fitness to Plead………………………………………………………………………………………. 60 Milton Reports Possession by Trial Judge………………………………………………………………….. 61 Conclusions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 80
PARAGRAPH 2…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 83 PARAGRAPH 3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 86 PARAGRAPH 4…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 87 PARAGRAPHS 5 11………………………………………………………………………………………………… 88 PARAGRAPH 5…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 88
Gunshot Residue…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 90 Barnes Trial Evidence……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 92 Other Experts - Trial Evidence……………………………………………………………………………………… 98 Prosecution Closing Address………………………………………………………………………………………… 102 Jury Directions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 103 Barnes - Legal Representation……………………………………………………………………………………… 104 General Concerns………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 114 Barnes Attitude/Objectivity………………………………………………………………………………………. 116 Barnes Disciplinary Charges…………………………………………………………………………………………. 134 Failure to Disclose Statements by Experts…………………………………………………………………. 142 Attempts to Influence Experts……………………………………………………………………………………… 159 Barnes Reports and Statements………………………………………………………………………………… 160 Ross Interim Report………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 166 Summary Undisclosed Material………………………………………………………………………………… 168 Defence Knowledge…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 170 Barnes Case File Inadequacies and Delays………………………………………………………………… 176 Forensic Procedures Development………………………………………………………………………………. 179 Audit……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 190 Defence Lack of Preparation…………………………………………………………………………………….. 207
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Barnes Tests, Examinations and Opinions…………………………………………………………………. 210 Mr Barnes Trial Evidence………………………………………………………………………………………….. 211 Sources of Partially Burnt Propellant Particles…………………………………………………………….. 211 Driveway……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 211 Mazda…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 212 Ford…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 212 Summary of Green Particles (Table)…………………………………………………………………………….. 213 ‘Rogue’ (Non PMC) Particles (Table)…………………………………………………………………………….. 214 Evidence at First Inquest 1989………………………………………………………………………………….. 214 Paragraph 101(a)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 217 Paragraph 101(b) to (d)……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 218 Paragraph 101(e)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 220 Paragraph 101(f)………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 224 Paragraph 101 Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………………… 225 Paragraph 102……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 227 Forensic Work between First Inquest (1989) and Re-opened Inquest (Nov 1992)………… 227 Exhibit 7/89–7E(a)……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 230 Same Batch………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 233 Report Dated 19 November 1993………………………………………………………………………………… 236 Table 8: Description of Recovered PBP [from Mr Strobel’s thesis]……………………………….. 240 Preparation of Materials for Review by Overseas Experts……………………………………………. 240 Missing GC Data…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 243 Green Partially Burnt Propellant: PMC or Consistent with PMC…………………………………… 244 Scene Driveway………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 245 Scene Ford Falcon…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 248 7/89–2K(a)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 248 7/89–2I(a)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 249 7/89–2D(a)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 249 7/89–2C(a)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 250 Other Ford Chromatograms………………………………………………………………………………………… 250 Mazda 7/89–7E(a) (Driver’s Seat)……………………………………………………………………………… 250 Mazda Boot…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 252 7/89–7J(c)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 252 7/89–7J(d)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 255 Vacuuming 7J………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 256 Analyses Summary………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 260 Reliability of Opinion that PMC at Scene and in Mazda……………………………………………….. 263 Summary of ‘Green Particles’ (Table)…………………………………………………………………………… 264 Partially Burnt Propellant ‘Rogue’ Particles………………………………………………………………. 265 Scene 7/89-2D(a) and Hair Particles………………………………………………………………………….. 265 Mazda Boot 7J…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 267 Mazda Boot Trim 7K…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 269 Mazda Driver’s Side Floor 7/89-7D……………………………………………………………………………. 270 Identification of ‘Rogue’ Particles………………………………………………………………………………… 271 Silencer - “Charred’ Particles……………………………………………………………………………………….. 271 Summary of the position re: ‘Rogue’ Particles (Table)…………………………………………………. 274 Propellant Databases 1993-1995………………………………………………………………………………. 274 Paragraph 5 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 279
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