Two pathologists tried to convince the original pathologist in the David Bain murder investigation to change his mind about a close contact wound to Robin Bain's head, the High Court at Christchurch has heard today.
It would be ''simply impossible'' for Robin Bain to have committed suicide because of the range at which he suffered a fatal gunshot wound, the Christchurch High Court has been told.
The possibility Robin Bain's body was moved after he was shot was raised by a Crown pathology witness yesterday at the hearing of David Bain's retrial for the murders of his family.
Robin Bain's body was moved and blood shaken out of his wound dripped onto a curtain, Professor James Ferris told the High Court at Christchurch today.
An experienced forensic pathologist called by the Crown at the Bain murder retrial has maintained his view the shot that killed Robin Bain in 1994 was an intermediate wound.
A retired Belfast-trained forensic pathologist involved in almost 10,000 postmortem examinations, about 800 of them in gunshot cases, yesterday said there was "no chance" Laniet Bain would have survived a bullet wound to the top of her head.
A Wellington forensic pathologist believes the bullet that killed Robin Bain early on June 20, 1994, was fired from a distance of up to 20cm from Mr Bain, the High Court in Christchurch heard on Thursday.
The pathologist who carried out the postmortem on Princess Diana after she was killed in a car crash 12 years ago is to be a defence witness in the David Bain murder trial in Christchurch.
A forensic pathologist believes the shot that killed Robin Bain was fired from "intermediate range" - up to 20cm away from where it struck his head.
Whoever killed Laniet Bain pushed the rifle firmly down on top of her head before firing, a Wellington forensic pathologist with 30 years' experience told the Bain murder trial in Christchurch today.
A pathologist told the retrial of David Bain today that he could not rule out that David's sister Laniet was still making gurgling noises 15 minutes after she would have been expected to have died from gunshot wounds.
A pathologist who on Tuesday told the High Court in Christchurch he thought it "unlikely" 58-year-old Robin Bain committed suicide, agreed under cross-examination yesterday it was possible.
The pathologist who did the post-mortem examination of Princess Diana after she was killed in a car crash 12 years ago is to be called as a defence witness in David Bain's retrial for the murder of five of his family.
Photographs demonstrating how Robin Bain could have shot himself in the head with a rifle have been put to the trial of his son David Cullen Bain, who faces charges of murdering five members of his family.
The bullet wound that killed Robin Bain was "very unusual" for a self-inflicted injury, a Dunedin pathologist told a High Court murder trial jury in Christchurch yesterday.
Gunshot wounds that killed members of the Bain family were described to the jury in evidence and photographs at the David Bain murder trial in the High Court at Christchurch today.
A gunshot wound to the top of Laniet Bain's head was "extraordinarily large", with major damage at the point of entry, a specialist pathologist yesterday told the jury hearing David Bain's retrial for the murder of his family almost 15 years ago.
An officer involved in the search of 14-year-old Stephen Bain's bedroom in 1994 said yesterday he had not seen former detective sergeant Milton Weir "plant" a spectacle lens in the room and did not believe Mr Weir would "stoop that low".
Forensic pathologist Alex Dempster has told the Bain retrial jury today Stephen Bain was strangled with his own t-shirt to the point where he was unable to fight and was then shot through the top of the head.
A police officer who helped former Detective Sergeant Milton Weir search 14-year-old Stephen Bain's bedroom in 1994 said today he had not seen Mr Weir ''plant'' a spectacle lens under an ice skating boot and did not believe the other officer would ''stoop that low''.