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Confusion over forensic proof of hacking in stalking case

Chris Ison

AN alleged stalker has claimed new evidence presented in his trial showed there was no forensic proof he hacked into his lover's email account.

John Howard Amundsen, 49, who was living on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year, is representing himself as he tries to prove his innocence of the charge.

During cross examination of a police witness at the Brisbane District Court on Thursday, Mr Amundsen asked Detective Michael Leboydre whether there was any forensic evidence that traced these "alleged activities" back to him.

Det Leboydre paused and turned to Judge Nicholas Samios, apologised, and said he had received a report earlier that day from the police forensic lab about Mr Amundsen's laptop.

"… This morning I was handed a statement and some documentation in relation to that question. So I can answer it," he said.

Prosecutor Sal Vasta said he was not aware of this evidence and Justice Samios allowed the questioning to proceed.

Det Leboydre said he was aware of web-based links located on Mr Amundsen's laptop.

After an adjournment to allow the prosecution and Mr Amundsen to review the forensic statement, Mr Amundsen referred Det Leboydre to a section in the new statement that said forensic evidence of the laptop could not conclusively indicate that Mr Amundsen had accessed his lover's email account.

"(Can) you confirm for the jury's information that paragraph eight, it states, 'I am unable to ascertain if any account passwords were actually changed or the email accounts were accessed'," Mr Amundsen asked.

"That's what paragraph 8 reads, yes," Det Leboydre replied.

Earlier in the week the jury was shown emails exchanged between Mr Amundsen and his lover. It is alleged Mr Amundsen sent continuous emails and that the woman went to police when she started to get concerned about his obsessive behaviour.

- APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  court crime stalking



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