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Case S315/2011

Aytugrul v. The Queen

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

3/12/2010 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Criminal Appeal) (McClellan CJ, Simpson and Fullerton JJ)

[2010] NSWCCA 272


Criminal law — Identification evidence — DNA evidence — Admissibility — Discretion to admit or exclude evidence — Applicant convicted of murder of former partner — Evidence led by prosecution at trial that a hair found on deceased's thumbnail consistent with applicant's mitochondrial DNA profile — Prosecution expert gave evidence that 99.9 per cent of people in general population would not have a profile matching the hair ("statistical evidence") — Expert's statistical evidence did not take ethnicity into account — Different prosecution witness gave evidence that approximately two per cent of persons of applicant's ethnicity would be expected to share DNA profile found in the hair — Whether trial judge ought to have refused to admit the statistical evidence — Evidence Act 1995 (NSW), ss 135 and 137.

Short Particulars


02/09/2011 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

15/09/2011 Notice of appeal

30/09/2011 Written submissions (Appellant)

30/09/2011 Chronology (Appellant)

21/10/2011 Written submissions (Respondent)

28/10/2011 Reply

08/12/2011 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

18/04/2012 Judgment  (Judgment summary)