The Waikato man who raised questions over marks visible on
Robin Bain's thumb in photographs taken at the scene of the
unsolved Bain family killings is calling for police to
investigate potentially ''significant'' other markings.
Earlier this year, David Giles featured on a TV3 documentary
after he noticed the parallel lines on the late Mr Bain's
It was alleged those marks were caused by Mr Bain loading the
magazine into the rifle used in the murders shortly before
his death, and led to police re-examining his fingerprints
and the firearm.
Mr Giles told the Otago Daily Times while media
attention focused on the lines on the thumb, ''I think these
other markings are interesting as well and should be included
in the investigation''.
An examination of higher resolution photographs revealed
those other markings included faint circular marks on Mr
Bain's thumb, similar in size to the hole in the magazine,
while a mark on his palm was similar to the width of the
While not saying they were an exact match, Mr Giles wanted
his findings investigated. His information had been sent to
police to assist their investigation.
''It's possible that they mean nothing, but if they match the
magazine then I think that would be significant.''
Mr Giles said he also noted smudging and staining in the
photographs of Robin Bain's hands and wanted police to also
investigate those discolorations.
''As the Bain case is still an unresolved murder case, I am
hoping this evidence will be helpful for the police in their
efforts to solve the case.''
Mr Giles said he believed ''David Bain is innocent ... at
least on balance of probabilities I figure he probably didn't
While he believed the parallel lines were caused by the
magazine, ''I will remain open-minded until the forensic
report comes out''.
A police spokesman said the organisation was awaiting the