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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Davis DNA retesting completed

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, July 29, 2010

    Davis DNA retesting completed

    The retesting of DNA material relating to the case of Shane Sebastian Davis has been completed, Attorney-General Cameron Dick said today.

    Shane Sebastian Davis was convicted by a Supreme Court jury in November 1991 of the murder of Michelle Cohn in December 1990.

    Mr Dick said the test results stated that DNA samples taken from the crime scene were 45 billion times more likely to have originated from Mr Davis than any other person chosen randomly from the Australian Caucasian population.

    “This retesting was allowed to ensure that the interests of justice are maintained and that the integrity of our legal system is upheld,” Mr Dick said.

    “The government is committed to ensuring that our justice system remains fair, open and accountable, and the retesting of Mr Davis’s DNA reaffirms that commitment. The implications of the test results are now a matter for Mr Davis and his legal advisers to consider.”

    The case has been the subject of review and advocacy by the Griffith University Innocence Project. Two swabs of blood taken from the crime scene were retested, as was a new DNA sample from Mr Davis.

    The forensic testing report from Genetic Technologies Corporation states that: “… these findings, when considered in isolation from other information, provide extremely strong support for the proposition that the DNA profile obtained from both portions of swabs and the reference sample from Shane Sebastian Davis originate from the same source.”

    Mr Dick said the DNA retesting had been conducted between 8 July and 21 July 2010 at Genetic Technologies Corporation, a National Association of Testing Authorities-accredited laboratory in Melbourne.

    He said the Innocence Project had nominated the laboratory and a project representative had been present when the evidence was delivered to the lab.

    “I thank the Griffith University Innocence Project for its ongoing commitment to justice in Queensland,” Mr Dick said.

    “The legal practitioners, academics and students who have given their time and services to this, and other, cases are to be commended.”

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