Forensic science in the spotlight

Published 5:00am 1 June 2022

Forensic science in the spotlight
Words by Moreton Daily
By Lion Chris Doyle

Surprise, surprise! It’s stopped raining, and we’re gradually returning to some sort of normality with our weather, thus warranting our “Beautiful one day, perfect the next” slogan for our fair state, even though the temperature has dropped with the emergence of winter winds.

The club members are busy with their different projects, and arrangements are in full swing for our yearly Changeover Celebration Dinner, to be held on Saturday, June 25.

Guest speakers

I want to focus on our recent guest speaker Sergeant Owen Esaias, who is presently in a relieving role as Senior Forensic Scientist with the Major Crime Unit at Police Headquarters in Roma St, Brisbane.

Sgt Esaias gave a presentation to our members back in 2018, and was so well-received, I thought it’s time for a sequel. As before, he didn’t disappoint.

I guess most of us at one time or another, have seen CSI shows on TV and marvelled at the scientific and forensic advancements of the teams who are confronted with an array of crash, murder, arson and various other scenes, where evidence and DNA is quickly gathered, logged and tested, in an attempt to identify offenders and bring them to justice. Such has been the case with Sgt Esaias, and he ran us through the arduous and mostly gory tasks that he and his teams undertake as they do their thing.

He also commented on the personal impact on his team when they come across deceased persons in home invasions, house fires, car accidents and many other instances where they’re virtually the first on scene at a catastrophic event, to try reconstruct the pieces. It’s a job definitely not for the faint-hearted.

At the conclusion of his presentation, Sgt Esaias answered questions from the floor and was given a huge round of applause from all in attendance.

He is typical of the calibre of guest speaker who join us on a monthly basis at our club.

Lions lending a helping hand

The lawn maintenance team being run by Lion Greg has been a wonderful success, and much appreciated by several locals who’ve been struggling with their lawns. If you know anyone in the North Lakes/Mango Hill area who can’t maintain their own lawn, and you can’t help them yourself, please phone Lion Greg on 0422 422 710 to register.

Become a member

You can join the North Lakes Lions Club by phoning our Membership Officer Lion Sylvia on 0412 068 650. She’ll answer any questions and invite you to our next dinner meeting. Joining our club, you’ll instantly experience our “many hands make light work ethic”. New residents can make friends, integrate in our community, and help others with their individual skillset.

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