Shae McDonald (AAP), The Courier-MailSeptember 30, 2016 12:01am
Brisbane Arcade Murder: Renewed calls to appeal Reginald Brown’s conviction
D Moles established the research group Networked Knowledge 16 years ago and also co-founded the Miscarriages of Justice Project at Flinders University in South Australia.
He told Australian Story he thought it likely police “got the wrong person” when they convicted Brown of Ms Armstrong’s murder.
The former law professor told The Courier-Mail there were certain features about Brown’s trial that were “very unsatisfactory”.Dr Moles said in order for a conviction to be set aside on appeal, a court needed to be satisfied there were errors at trial, not whether the evidence pointed to a person being guilty or innocent.
“The question is did the person have a fair trial,” he said.
Dr Moles said there were several pieces of physical evidence used during the original court case that “raised alarm bells”.One of them was the fact Ms Armstrong’s body was “infested” with ants.
Dr Moles said the logical question to ask was where they came from.“There wasn’t an ants nest within the medical room or medical centre,” he said.
“What it would tell me is that it’s likely she was attacked and either disabled or killed somewhere else, where there were ants.“Her body was subsequently moved to the medical rooms, with the ants on board.”