Dr Meiya's passion for skullduggery
Published in Focus, Australian Doctor
Clutching a rectangular-bladed meat cleaver in his hands, a gangster dashes down an escalator in Market City in Sydney after attacking a criminal rival.
The grainy figure of the fleeing man is captured on video surveillance camera. But the actual attack, during which the victim's nose had been partly severed, occurs out of the range of the camera.
When Dr Meiya Sutisna is called in to give expert evidence on the identity of the assailant, all she has to go on is video footage captured from above. But this 34-year-old forensic pathologist has some tricks up her sleeves which will change the attacker's plea from not guilty to guilty.
Inventor of a new digital 'face and body mapping' technique, Dr Meiya can identify people not only from the dimensions of their bodies, limbs and head, but from individual features such as ears as well as body postures and gestures.
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Copyright Linda Vergnani