Helen Garner's 'This House Of Grief'

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Helen Garner’s work, This House Of Grief (THG), published in 2014 explored the fact on the R v Farquharson [2009] . Robert Farquharson was convicted of murder of his three sons, Jai Farquharson, Tyler Farquharson and Bailey Farquharson on Father’s Day 2005. He drove his car into the dam and killed his children. The Crimes Act 1900 s18 states that “murder shall be taken to have been committed where the act of the accused, or thing by him or her omitted to be done, causing the death charged, was done or omitted with reckless indifference to human life, or with intent to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm upon some person… and the crime is punishable by imprisonment for life or for 25 years” . Despite him pleading himself not guilty, he was…show more content…
He defined cough syncope and the cause of cough syncope during questioning. Professor Naughton has not personally witnessed a coughing fit in his twenty-five years career. Rapke gave Professor Naughton a scenario where the characteristics of the person matches Farquharson, heavy smoker, obese, and asked Professor Naughton if it is likely that he would suffer from cough syncope. Professor Naughton concluded that it is “extremely unlikely” for Farquharson to have suffered from coughing syncope based on his criteria. The role of experts in criminal trials is very…show more content…
It is only effective when they provide information and opinion based purely on their knowledge, skills and experience. They should act without bias. They should not provide information in favour of any party because they know the accused or the deceased in person or that they think he or she is guilty. Everyone is innocent until they are proved guilty. The expert witnesses’ roles are not to prove the guilt or innocence of the accused, this is the job of the prosecutor and defence. Their role is to assist the court and the jury to come to a decision of whether the accused is guilty by providing them

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