Autopsy report

OFFICE OF THE CORONER

Victoria Coroner’s Office

POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION REPORT

AUTOPSY NO: 03A-02492

IDENTIFIED BY: Autopsy

NAME: Unidentified

DOB: ?

AGE: 24 – 38

SEX: M

HEIGHT: Approx 1.8m

WEIGHT: approx. 70 Kg

Coroners Report Summary

When he was found, the victim had developed early signs of rigor mortis, thereby leading investigators to place the time of death between 10.00pm and 12.00am on the evening of 17th.

The chest is reflected revealing a knife wound which had punctured the right lung and causing the lung to collapse and moderate haemorrhaging into the chest cavity. These injuries would not have been fatal but could have resulted in death if left untreated.

The combination of smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation and extensive third degree burns to over 90% of his body were fatal injuries.

Additional notes

The knife wound would not have been fatal, although the victim would have been in severe pain. During the fire, the victim would have experienced severe discomfort and weakness, ultimately losing consciousness before dying. Immediate medical attention could have saved the victim.

The victim was officially pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The death certificate was signed by Dr. Derek Henry at Alfred Hospital where the body arrived DOA at 2:00 am.

Toxicology Screen

Negative

Blood Drug Screen

Negative

FINAL DIAGNOSIS:

Asphyxiation due to:

A. Inhalation of smoke with presence of carbon deposits in trachea and proximal left bronchi

B. Inhalation of carbon monoxide.

C. Puncture to right lung.

D. Global burns

CLINICOPATHLOGIC CORRELATION:

Cause of death of this male is asphyxiation due to inhalation of smoke and carbon monoxide compounded by collapsing of right lung and subsequent secondary thermal burns.

Sebastian Rowley, M.D.

Coroner

POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION REPORT

AUTOPSY NO: 03A-02493

NAME: Janice Lampman

DOB: 06/11/75

AGE: 34

SEX: F

HEIGHT: 1.64m

WEIGHT: approx. 65 Kg

Coroners Report Summary

When she was found, the female victim was in an advanced state of rigor mortis, thereby leading investigators to place the time of death at 10-14 hours before she was examined. The examiner states the time of death as being anywhere from 2:00 pm to 5.00pm on 17th November.

The victim had experience severe blunt trauma to the head causing fracture to the skull and severe contusion to the brain. There was bleeding beneath the skull, and in response, a large blood clot had formed. The bleeding and associated clot exerted pressure on the brain, causing some swelling. The blow that the victim had suffered could have resulted in death.

Toxicology Screen

Negative

Blood Drug Screen

Negative

FINAL DIAGNOSIS:

Fracture to the skull causing Hemorrhaging to the brain

Sebastian Rowley, M.D.

Coroner