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Brave – The Un-Making of A Murder


Thu 25 Jul 2019, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Flinders University Victoria Square, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: 15+


Listed by: events4pmt

The true crime story of a wrongful murder conviction in South Australia and the fight for human rights and the freedom of a person wrongly convicted.

In recent years the USA has had over 2,000 exonerations—some 350 based upon DNA. The UK Criminal Cases Review Commission has helped overturn some 440 convictions—including 4 in which people had been hanged. Innocence Canada has helped exonerate 25 people wrongfully convicted. Major reports in each of those countries have identified prosecutorial misconduct, faulty expert evidence, police misconduct, judicial error—leading to corrective actions.

Australia has no review commission and stubbornly resists claims of wrongful conviction. In South Australia, it took these researchers 14 years to get one murder conviction (that of Henry Keogh) overturned. This was despite the fact that the state had declared the expert witness in his case to be unqualified 20 years earlier. There has been no previous case as bad as that in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, or America.

So why did it take so long to allow an innocent man’s conviction to be appealed and overturned? And how does this set a precedent for all South Australians and our right to just and fair treatment in the eyes of the law? Learn why vigilance for the protection of human rights should be so important to us all.

Hear about this remarkable story and the roles played by our guest speakers to ‘un-make a murder’ at this month’s Brave lecture featuring:

Associate Professor Bibi Sanghaz
Dr Bob Moles, Adjunct Principal Researcher
Professor Tony Thomas, Pathologist and Expert Appeal Witness
Graham Archer, former Executive Producer Today Tonight, Author, Unmaking a Murder
Sam Abbott QC, Senior Counsel on Mr Keogh’s appeal

5:30pm - Pre-lecture refreshments
6:00pm - Lecture
6:20pm - Panel discussion / Audience Q&A

Through its education and research programs, Flinders encourages new ways of thinking, and supports experimentation and daring, with the mission to contribute on an international scale through ‘changing lives and changing the world’. So we invite you to share and collaborate with us on our BRAVE journey. We will impart our knowledge and new discoveries, elevate discussion and inspire debate; all with the view to facilitate the betterment of our society.

Be brave, be bold, be at Flinders.