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There’s a Dire Need for a National Forensic Science Authority

Sue Neill-Fraser is currently living in the Tasmanian community under strict parole condtions, including having to wear an ankle bracelet, which will continue on for another decade, in relation to the murder of her de facto partner Bob Chappell on a yacht on Hobart’s River Derwent on 26 January 2009: a crime she likely didn’t commit.

Recently having turned 69, Neill-Fraser had been inside for 13 years, prior to being released on parole last October. And this is despite evidence against her being circumstantial, and testimony presented in court, since withdrawn, that provided a plausible scenario involving another perpetrator.

The holes in the evidence against Neill-Fraser are numerous and include a forensic scientist having claimed she was able to ascertain whether certain stains on the boat were blood on having sprayed testing agent luminol, which is normally a preliminary test, not one to confirm a result.

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