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Man convicted of Burglary



Breaking and entering


9 months suspended

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New South Wales

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"A unnamed man was wrongly convicted in 2008 of breaking and entering in Wyong, New South Wales, Australia. His conviction was based on DNA evidence that linked him to the crime. He was given a nine month suspended sentence. After his conviction it was discovered that the DNA evidence was erroneous and unreliable because his DNA was contaminated with that found at a crime scene. The error was discovered by the New South Wales' crime laboratory after DNA samples from dead people - taken at autopsies - was uploaded to the cold-case DNA database. His conviction was overturned on October 2, 2009 by the Wyong Local Court."

Conviction Caused By:

Contamination by the NSW crime lab of his DNA with crime scene DNA.

Innocence Proved By:

"His conviction was overturned on October 2, 2009 by the Wyong Local Court, after it was discovered that DNA recovered from a crime scene had been contaminated with his DNA."

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Information Source 1:

"DNA lab error led to false conviction, By Julie Robotham and Geesche Jacobsen (staff), Sydney Morning Herald, October 3, 2009"

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"DNA test error leads to wrongful conviction, Sydney Morning Herald, October 2, 2009"

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