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Case B57/2022

Lang v. The Queen

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

08/03/2022 Supreme Court of Queensland (Court of Appeal) (McMurdo and Mullins JJA, Brown J)

[2022] QCA 29


Criminal law – Unreasonable verdict – Appeal against murder conviction – Where deceased died from knife wound to abdomen – Where hypothesis raised that deceased had committed suicide – Where pathologist expressed opinion that deceased's wound more likely to have been caused by second person than to have been self-inflicted – Whether guilty verdict unreasonable as, on whole of evidence, there reasonable possibility deceased committed suicide – Whether pathologist's opinion inadmissible because not an opinion based on expert knowledge – Lies – Consciousness of guilt – Whether alleged lie capable of overcoming improbabilities in Crown case.


11/11/2022 Hearing (SLA, Canberra)

23/11/2022 Notice of appeal

13/01/2023 Written submissions (Appellant)

13/01/2023 Chronology (Appellant)

10/02/2023 Written submissions (Respondent)

03/03/2023 Reply

12/05/2023 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

11/05/2023 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

12/05/2023 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

11/10/2023 Judgment (Judgment summary)