The tumultuous legal system of South Australia is heating up. The state is still divided over a massive government error that occurred more than 50 years ago when an unprepared person was appointed to a crucial legal or medical position. The State of SA has neglected to address or remedy its error for 50 years.
A one-hour national crime special is scheduled to air on October 14th, which will likely bring some significant issues to Australia’s TV screens and, hopefully, prompt some action and decision-making.
The TV show poses a risk of opening a long-closed legal bag of worms that dates back 50 years to Dr. Colin Manock’s appointment as the state’s director of forensic pathology in 1968.
Additionally, the unjust conviction of a guy serving a 37-year sentence in prison—who is unable to be released because he won’t confess—is being discussed in parliament. According to SA regulations, the prisoner cannot be released unless he accepts guilt, which he has vehemently denied for four decades.
What’s up With Dr. Colin Manock?
No one knows where Dr. Colin Manock is living or where he is right now. He could be in South Australia or he could be back in the UK. Stephen Docoza’s body was found in Adelaide’s river in April 1984 by a man in a boat. The body had been in the water for days and was starting to smell bad.
Derek Bromley and John Karpany were found guilty of killing Docoza a year after the crime. Dr. Colin Manock, the top forensic pathologist in SA, did an autopsy on the dead body and found that he had been severely beaten and forcefully drowned.
Since then, there has been disagreement about what Dr. Colin found. Later in 2017, three independent forensic pathologists did a thorough review of the findings and found that they were not good enough because the bruises on the body could have been caused by rotting or by the autopsy.
Anthony Thomas, a pathologist, and the professor said that there is no real proof that the body was drowned.
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Doctor Colin Manock’s Age and Wealth
Dr. Colin’s precise age has never been revealed in the media, but based on his post-graduate research, he may already be rather elderly, in his late 60s or early 70s. In addition, he had been a seasoned pathologist for almost three decades; his income may have been substantial.
His net worth is reportedly between $1 million and $5 million, according to certain publications. He worked on numerous forensic investigations involving crimes, but his reports began to raise questions. Henry Keogh’s case was the one that initially piqued Moles’ attention in Dr. Collin. Keogh killed his wife; the body was discovered in the bathtub of his home.
Colin deduced from the autopsy findings that the woman died while having her head pushed underwater and her legs suspended in the air. After reviewing the Henry Keogh case for five years, Mole came to the conclusion that it had a significant fault.
As the review revealed that the bruises on the girl’s left leg were at least a few days older than the death day, Mole realized that the girl had experienced a serious miscarriage of justice. Also, the thumb scratches were not even a bruise, as claimed.
Manock’s ideas became clear in 2004 when he conceded that some forensic evidence was unsupported by science.
Joshua’s Death Constituted a Homicide, Hence an Autopsy Was Required.
Dr. Colin Manock presided over the boy’s autopsy and came to the conclusion that bronchopneumonia, or a severe cough brought on by lung infection, was the cause of death despite the fact that the infant had displayed so many physical injuries. Dr. Manock provided the same diagnosis: bronchopneumonia, Shand said of the case.
“About the same time that Joshua died, two other newborns in the vicinity had also perished under suspicion of domestic abuse and murder, and were also referred to Dr. Manock,” Shand said of the circumstances.
The other infants had many fractures, fractured bones, lacerations, and bruises when they first arrived. One writer who has followed Dr. Manock’s career said of one child, “The injuries were so bad, he looked like he was the victim of an awful traffic accident.”
Physicians who had seen the results of the autopsy at the hospital were so horrified by them that they demanded an investigation into the deaths of these youngsters, which eventually happened.
In Episode 5 of Australian Crime Stories, the professional life of Dr. Manock is further discussed.