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Confrontation over pathologist's evidence at Bain retrial

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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2009

The question of whether Robin Bain could have shot himself was again the cause of fiery exchanges at the David Bain retrial on Thursday.

The heat came as a pathologist stuck to his evidence that suicide was virtually impossible.

The Crown has called on three pathologists to give evidence and although their evidence differed on some points, they all say it is unlikely Robin Bain shot himself.

During some intense questioning from Michael Reed QC, Professor James Ferris said "there's always the possibility that I'm right".

At issue once again is how far the rifle was from Robin Bain's head and did the father of the accused shoot himself.

All three pathologists giving evidence for the Crown agree it's unlikely Robin Bain shot himself but they don't agree on where the rifle was. One says it was up close, the second says it was up to 20 centimetres from his head while Ferris says it was perhaps 30 to 40 centimetres away.

"In my view it would simply be impossible to self inflict the injury," Ferris maintains.

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