An independent specialist in DNA and blood-spatter patterns has told the High Court at Christchurch the direction of blood staining on Robin Bain's trackpants was consistent with Mr Bain shooting himself while standing, with his right foot on a chair.
The High Court jury at Christchurch hearing David Bain's retrial for the 1994 murders of his family had yesterday afternoon off because no more defence witnesses were available.
A British pathologist who examined the bodies of Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed in 1997 says the rifle used to shoot Robin Bain was either touching or very close to his head.
David Bain's foot was too big to have made the bloody sock-prints found in the Bain family home on the morning five of the family were shot, the Bain retrial was told yesterday.
Taieri Beach School principal Robin Bain signed an application for stress leave from his teaching job about two months before he and four of his family were shot, the David Bain murder retrial jury heard yesterday.
An overseas ballistics expert has had to revise his figures on the distance the end of a rifle would have been from the head of the man the defence says was the killer of the Bain family.
A stress leave application signed by Robin Bain was found by a former Taieri Beach School trustee in 2000, the Bain retrial jury heard today.
The Taieri Beach School was a complete shambles at the time of Robin Bain's death in June, 1994, school principals who knew Robin at the time have told the High Court in Christchurch.
A forensic psychiatrist who examined murder accused David Bain told the High Court at Christchurch today that his diagnosis did not assist in proving guilt or innocence.
Laniet Bain had given up work as a sex worker and she was going home to "blow the whistle" on her incestuous relationship with her father, a witness told the trial of David Bain in the High Court in Christchurch today.
About 10 days before five members of the Bain family were shot in their Dunedin home, Taieri Beach School principal Robin Bain asked for a final reading of the school house meter.
A forensic psychiatrist who examined murder accused David Bain told the High Court at Christchurch yesterday that his diagnosis did not assist in proving guilt or innocence.
David Bain seemed zombie-like, emotionless - "probably in deep shock" - during discussions about funeral arrangements for his family, a retired Dunedin funeral director said yesterday.
Laniet Bain told a fellow prostitute she had been sexually abused by her father in Papua New Guinea and that the baby she had there was his.
Margaret Bain told a psychologist friend a year before she was murdered, that things at home were "terrible" and she would like to shoot her husband, the High Court at Christchurch heard yesterday.
Friends of murder accused David Bain have described him as a singer with "an amazing voice", someone who could have had an international career in opera - a potential Jonathan Lemalu.
A former Otago ERO reviewer yesterday described Robin Bain as "a walking cadaver" whose responses were "robotic" during an assessment of his school in September 1993.
Violent and disturbing stories written by Taieri Beach School pupils were published in the school newsletter distributed only four days before the school's principal was shot, the Bain retrial jury has heard.