Swamped forensic labs delaying court cases for months

Six months after a teenager was killed in a Brisbane park brawl resulting in 13 people being charged, police prosecutors were still waiting for autopsy results and reports on crucial forensic evidence.

A 2018 audit found Queensland waiting times for the analysis of DNA had increased since 2013 – as had the number of exhibits needing to be tested – however the number of lab staff to do this work had fallen.

The case against 13 people charged over the death of 19-year-old Girum Mekonnen in Zillmere last year has been held up by a backlog of evidence analysis.Credit:Brisbane Times

After that damning Auditor-General’s report, the agencies responsible for analysing forensic evidence and…

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