DNA Does Not Prove Guilt

The 18-year-old man who is accused of the rape and murder of Joan Ryther was denied bail during a hearing in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Wednesday.

During the bail application, the prosecution weighed heavily on DNA of the accused, allegedly found on Ms Ryther’s shirt and trousers.

Tim Meehan, of Bosscher Lawyers, for the accused, told the court the DNA evidence did not prove guilt, nor the “specific nature” of the contact. “It is not a strong crown case,” he told the court.