A forensic blood expert told the Bain retrial jury in Christchurch yesterday blood staining on one of David Bain's white sports socks could have resulted from contact with blood on the floor rather from airborne blood as he testified earlier.
Forensic consultant Peter Cropp has today agreed blood staining on one of David Bain's white sports socks could have been caused by contact with blood on the floor rather than by airborne blood.
Sustained attack by the defence on former ESR scientist Peter Hentschel continued yesterday on the 18th day of David Bain's murder retrial in the High Court in Christchurch.
Blood on a pair of David Bain's socks was from either Laniet or Stephen Bain, a forensic scientist told the High Court in Christchurch yesterday.
Stephen Bain was shot through the hand, and his fingers were found partially retracted as though he had grabbed something, a detective told the retrial of David Bain in the High Court at Christchurch today.
A retired detective has told the retrial of David Bain, charged with the murder of five members of his family, of finding two white gloves covered in blood in the bedroom of Bain's brother Stephen.
A former detective sergeant has told the Bain retrial jury today he was mistaken 14 years ago when he pointed out what he believed was a spectacle lens near the body of 14-year-old Stephen Bain who was lying dead on the floor of his bedroom.
A next door neighbour saw the words ''hang Bain'' on a wall of the Maori Hill home of a former Dunedin police officer in 2002, the Christchurch High Court jury hearing David Bain's retrial was told today.
Blood was on David Bain's socks and bloodied sockprints were found in the family home after the slaying of his parents and three siblings, his retrial was told in the High Court at Christchurch today.
Former Environmental Science and Research scientist Peter Cropp told the Bain murder trial in Christchurch today that one of David Bain's socks he tested had blood from siblings Stephen or Laniet Bain on it.
Former ESR scientist Peter Hentschel has come under continued criticism from defence counsel in the David Bain retrial today for inadequate record-taking when he took blood samples from a rifle used in the killing of five members of the Bain family in 1994.
The size of the foot that left bloody sock prints on carpet in the Bains' Every St home was the focus of much of the cross-examination of a former ESR scientist at the Bain murder retrial in Christchurch yesterday.
Retired forensic scientist Peter Hentschel has told the Bain retrial jury in Christchurch, he found no particles he could say were gunshot residue particles on skin from Robin Bain's hands.
David Bain trial judge Justice Graham Panckhurst says he has had no contact with author James McNeish, who wrote the 1997 book on the case, The Mask of Sanity, which mentions the judge in the acknowledgements.
Material from the confidential psychological report prepared before he took early retirement in 1999 was yesterday used against a key officer in the Bain murder investigation.
Blood on the barrel and silencer of a .22 rifle found near the body of Robin Bain was "of human origin", a former ESR forensic scientist with 40 years' experience told the David Bain retrial jury in the High Court at Christchurch yesterday.
The police officer in charge of the overall crime scene at the Bain family home in June 1994 "had an open mind" early in the investigation about whether police were faced with four murders and a suicide or five murders, a Christchurch High Court jury heard yesterday.
The retrial of David Bain has been told of a bloodied pair of gloves left in the bedroom of his younger brother, Stephen.
A bullseye target with what appeared to be bullet holes was found by police in a van used by Robin Bain, a court has heard.
Going inside the Every Street, Dunedin, murder scene as officer in charge of Robin Bain's body, Detective Mark Lodge was told that either the father or the son was the murderer, a court was told today.