The Expert Witness: Examinations of crimes, drugs and poisons by a forensic scientist
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Drugs and poisons from a variety of sources have been used illegally for centuries and most conjure up an unfortunate, enduring fascination. People appear to be both attracted by them and at the same time repelled by them.
Sitting Bull, (c. 1831-1890) a famous Native American Indian Sioux chief once said “Do not let the poisons of the world pull you from your path.” Curiously, the opposite was true for me. My path has led me to many poisons (and drug) cases and the need to help various authorities to prosecute the villains who chose to use them in their nefarious and evil deeds.
As a forensic toxicologist, I’ve been called to give expert witness evidence in a number of very high profile cases involving drug overdoses and poisons (including pesticides), in which those substances have been used in suicides and murder. I’ve also given evidence in coronial matters that have become so emotional that the court has had to be adjourned for members of the family to compose themselves. As for many other cases, a number stand out due to the unusual circumstances, one involving a drug-affected young man who was killed on Sydney Harbour Bridge, (‘A Case of MDMA Madness’) another where a body was disposed of into a wheelie bin (‘The Body in the Wheelie Bin Murder’), an evil pair who spiked the drinks of their dates to carry out their crimes (‘Drink Spiking: A Two Man Crime Wave’) and the sad case of Dianne Brimble who went on a well- deserved cruise, only to wind up dead from a drug over-d
Genre Crime/Mystery Books