NZ Herald says there were no cuts or marks on Robin's hands

The Herald is reporting that Alec Dempster says there were no cuts or marks on Robin's hands:

"No cuts or marks were noted on Robin Bain's hands following his death because there were no cuts or marks, says the Dunedin pathologist who examined his body."

This is despite the fact that Joe Karam in his many publications insists that there were cuts and abrasions on his hands which he claims implicates Robin in the murders and the fact that Alec Dempster himself testified in the retrial about those very cuts and marks.

This must be a case of bad reporting.


I have just seen the photo of Robin's thumb in this morning's Herald. The "parallel marks" that are causing so much excitement are identical to the marks I can see on my own thumb. I am a bit older than Robin was at the time and maybe my skin is drier but there they are. That photo might just as well have been a photo of my thumb and I haven't touched a rifle for about 40 years. 

i don't quite understand why some people are getting excited by these so-called parallel lines. A cursory examination of the marks in the main photo (being trumpeted as 'proof' Robin reloaded a magazine) reveal they're not even close to being parallel.

I saw some 'measurements' Karam put forward to show the width of the marks was identical to the width of the magazine. Yes but if you move the measuring points even slightly in either direction they are clearly wrong - either too narrow or too far apart. That's because they're not parallel. That's because they didn't come from the magazine.

One other point I haven't seen mentioned. If you reloaded ONE bullet in the magazine, you'd get those marks, apparently. But there were 19 bullets accounted for, and the .22 rifle had both a 10-shot clip and a 5-shot clip. That means at the very least, 4 bullets were reloaded into one magazine or the other. So either Robin was astonishingly accurate and loaded all 4 bullets the exact same way (to the mm), or there would be a number of smudged marks on his thumb. 

Finally, the marks were more red than black, as was discovered by someone using some software to analyse the colour spectrum.