Police respond with 3rd Degree

robin-bain-elimination-printThe New Zealand Police have responded to TV3’s 3rd Degree program last night with some interesting comments.

I am mindful that this theory has been put forward through a programme whose makers chose not to seek comment from police prior to broadcast, and who also refused to provide details about their story when approached by police on Tuesday.

“Had they done so then we would have pointed out that fingerprints had been presented in evidence and have always been available through the court to help them decide if their story stacked up.”

Does this reinforce the theory that the episode was more of a personal crusade than balanced journalism?

The latest story advanced through the media by representatives of David Bain is an interesting theory but is not new evidence says Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.

“It is an interesting idea when taken in isolation, but is no more than a theory when taken out of context of all the other evidence which has been presented to several courts.

“Marks on a photograph can always be open to several interpretations by experts, and the significance or relevance of these marks have not been tested in court.

“Examination of the original photograph does not give any definitive indication of what the marks could be. There are other possibilities, including that they are minor cuts.

“We know for example that Robin Bain was doing work to the roof and spouting of his Every Street home in the days leading up to the killings – any Kiwi handyman knows the sort of damage this can do to the hands. Post mortem examination of Robin Bain’s hands shows a number of minor abrasions and marks you would expect to find with someone familiar with manual work.

“Indeed, police have today conducted a preliminary examination of fingerprints taken from Robin Bain after his death. These prints show an absence of fingerprint markings in the same place on his right thumb as the dark marks appearing in the photograph. Our fingerprint experts advise that this is consistent with someone sustaining cuts or damage to the fingers prior to prints being taken, which would then affect the print image.

Had these been powder marks or smudges as claimed, we would expect to see a complete fingerprint image.

“I also reiterate the evidence put forward in court that the only identifiable fingerprints found on the firearm belonged to David and Stephen Bain.

“Police will continue to look at this issue to gain a better understanding of what this photograph may show.

“However, I am mindful that this theory has been put forward through a programme whose makers chose not to seek comment from police prior to broadcast, and who also refused to provide details about their story when approached by police on Tuesday.

“Had they done so then we would have pointed out that fingerprints had been presented in evidence and have always been available through the court to help them decide if their story stacked up.”

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  • nigel godfrey

    what an absolute ‘cop out’ (don’t excuse the pun) of a statement – but we were never going to see “Yep, great point and clearly new evidence – we really did screw up on this one didn’t we” were we !

    • Stephen

      ummm because they didn’t screw it up and this isn’t new evidence?

      • nigel godfrey

        if you really believe that the Bain investigation was a well-conducted Police operation … then you are in the minority !

        • Trevor Ashman

          A tiny minority of one 🙂

          • Stephen

            I was sent down there on the day it happened to cover it for the Holmes
            Show. At that time we all thought it was a tragic murder suicide. I
            think the police thought that too, which is why they didn’t take the
            initial collection of evidence with the diligence they should have.

            It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall when they
            suddenly realized the evidence they did have was all pointing to a
            different killer. That must have been a really holy s**t moment.

            I don’t really care who the killer was. Its a good story either way,
            although do enough stories on something and you grow an opinion.

            Still having a personal opinion should not get in the way of
            professional journalist presenting the facts in an unbiased manner.

            What gets to me is when I see a program that is so badly done… so bias
            and uncritical it wouldn’t make it as an episode of Mythbusters. It
            hurts the credibility of my industry and it makes me mad.

            Believe what you want but don’t base anything on such a poorly done show.

  • Trevor Ashman

    What was shown on 3rd Degree was not a stupid scratch as they had also shown another photo and it was all clear …hate the police 🙁