I wonder how the sisters will twist this one. I think the Minister will be wishing she didn't have Mr Fisher's phone number on speed dial.
With today's press release confirming the unsurprising news that Dr Dempster the Crown Pathologist in the Bain case has revealed that there were no marks by way of cuts or scratches on the thumb of Robin Bain which might explain the photograph taken on the morning of the murder suicides there must be much consternation in the camp of the hate-siters. Publicly some of them are trying to disregard the significance of what the police Deputy Commissioner Burgess told the public that they might have been scratches resulting from home 'handyman' repairs is utterly wrong.
When Burgess made that statement, smug at it seemed to be, it was difficult not to think that he was perhaps amused by what he was saying - even testing the waters of public gullibility. Whichever the case those that 'needed' to believe went hook, line, sinker, boat and car trailer for it. There was an awful lot of swallowing happening among Kent's people - well more than usual. Fairly easy prediction that Mr Dempster had thoroughly done his job, a man with years of experience, concerned with recording every detail that might be later used by the Coroner or else where. A man doing his job.
It has always struck a note of discord for some followers of the Bain case as to why Dempster was refused entry to the house for hours while a train load of inexperienced elephants tramped through. I've written before of the dismay of learning that probably the most experienced investigator into homicide or suicide in Dunedin at the time was kept from the scene while others walked through, unmindful of blood or moving things about. In fact during the trial we heard of the magazine in the lounge being moved about, the body moved and so on. How easy was it for two fine marks to be accidentally erased, very easy. How easy was it to in fact miss them, well a whole country did as the photo emerged into the public domain. At least for many years it was missed by experienced investigators, scientists, pathologists and lawyers alike.
Unfortunately, apart from the Compensation Claim by David Bain, and possibly the on going inquiry as to how Royal Prerogative Powers have 'stepped' outside the rules of Natural Justice and Due process, this fact of Dempster not having had the opportunity to 'solve' the murder-suicide before amateurs entered the scene is water under the bridge to all but the hate-siters and heavy investors into David's 'guilt' and persecution. Yet it is of National significance - it was where things went wrong in a case that has dominated interest for years.
I noted in the panicked voices that it was said that the marks on Robin's thumbs were not parallel. That didn't surprise me because of the nature of the human body, skin moving under pressure and so forth. The very reason that the finger print expert Jones gave the most blatantly corrupt evidence of all when he claimed that finger print ridges were heightened under pressure rather than flattened and distorted. But I freely admit that I didn't know there might be a more significant reason for the apparent 'lack' of uniformity between the two lines - or not being parallel as some sisters chortled - that the magazine itself on the surfaces of the loading chamber were not parallel, either because of wear or some accident. In fact distorted to the point of perhaps being responsible for many of the mis-feeds viewers saw on the 3 Degrees Show and of which evidence was found at Every Street.
Here follow two photos (in the following post) that show the two lines on Robin's thumb were unique to his loading a particular magazine - the one he used to load the rifle with which he killed himself. They are as significant as anything else in the Bain case because the lines don't compare with any magazine but the particular one Robin loaded before his death.