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Author Goodyear-Smith, Felicity,
Title Murder that wasn't : the case of George Gwaze / Felicity Goodyear-Smith.
Imprint Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, 2015.

Subject Gwaze, George. -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) -- New Zealand -- Christchurch.
Evidence, Criminal -- New Zealand.
Judicial error -- New Zealand.
Forensic biology -- New Zealand.
AIDS (Disease) -- Diagnosis -- New Zealand.
Description 1 online resource (179 pages) : colour illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This book tells the story of the case of George Gwaze, twice charged and twice acquitted of the rape and murder of his ten-year-old adopted niece, Charlene Makaza. When Charlene is found unconscious one morning, gasping for breath, with a high fever and lying in a pool of diarrhoea, her family rush her to the Christchurch 24-hour clinic. She is treated for overwhelming sepsis and transferred to hospital. Sadly her life cannot be saved and at 1.00am she dies. During the course of Charlene's short illness the diagnosis shifts from infection to sexual assault and homicide, and her grieving family find themselves publicly engulfed in a criminal investigation. What unfolds next is a surreal set of events so improbable that they seem fictitious. Murder that Wasn't meticulously explores the facts surrounding this case, based on scientific, medical and court records and individual interviews, to tell this family's extraordinary story.
Contents Front Cover; Title Page; Half Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword Mark Henaghan and Harlene Hayne; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Prologue; Chapter 1: Who is Charlene?; Chapter 2: Charlene's final illness; 24 Hour Surgery in Bealey Avenue; The Emergency Department; Chapter 3: A change of diagnosis; In intensive care; Chapter 4: The family's life changes forever; Initial police investigations; The autopsy; The investigation continues; Child, Youth and Family involvement; Charlene is buried and the family returns home; Sperm on the underpants; Chapter 5: After the arrest.
Investigations continueDepositions; Chapter 6: Enter expert witnesses for the defence; My role as medical adviser for the case; Assessing the forensic science; A dearth of expert witnesses in New Zealand; Chapter 7: The first trial; The case for the prosecution; Evidence by hearsay; The case for the defence; Chapter 8: Short-lived freedom; Post-trial report commissioned by the Crown; Family Court hearing; Hearing in the Court of Appeal; On to the Supreme Court; Chapter 9: The waiting days; Four years in limbo; Earthquakes; Chapter 10: Further forensic testing; Explaining the forensic science.
Results of the DNA testsPetroleum jelly; Chapter 11: Expert medical witnesses for the second trial; Professor Sebastian Lucas, world expert in HIV histopathology; Professor Michael Sharland, expert in infectious diseases in children; Dr Simon Nadel, children's intensive care consultant; Dr Nathaniel Cary, Home Office forensic pathologist; Dr David Hammer, microbiologist; Chapter 12: Double jeopardy in action; The retrial; Witnesses called by the Crown; Medical expert witnesses called by the Crown; Forensic scientist witnesses called by the Crown; Further Crown evidence from police.
Case for the defenceThe verdict; Chapter 13: Legal ramifications; The influence of medical opinion on the investigation; Medical expert witnesses for the prosecution; Timing of the briefs provided by the Crown expert witnesses; Difficulty obtaining expert witnesses for the defence; Reliance on DNA evidence; The challenge of double jeopardy; Majority verdicts; Publication of the case in the scientific literature; Chapter 14: Good versus bad science; Good science tests hypotheses; With the best of intentions; Evidence gathering by the ESR; Reporting and interpretation of the clinical findings.
Autopsy focused on sexual trauma and suffocationWhen does good science turn bad?; Chapter 15: Conclusion; Shared idée fixe; Hickam's Dictum not Occam's Razor; Did racism play a role?; What did it all cost?; Aftermath; Notes; Index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781927322772 (electronic bk.)
1927322774 (electronic bk.)
9781927322789 (electronic bk.)
1927322782 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 956953847
Additional Format Print version: Goodyear-Smith, Felicity. Murder that wasn't. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 2015 1877578991 (OCoLC)898911584