As it happened: Emotions run high as images of Jayde Panayiotou’s body is shown

2016-10-31 14:00

On Day 14 of the Panayiotou trial, Jayde's mother and sister were in tears as forensic specialist WO Phillip Bekker showed images of Jayde's body and explained how the crime scene was investigated.

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31 Oct 15:33

Bekker will be back on the stand on Tuesday to do the reconstruction of the crime scene.


31 Oct 15:29

Stander says Bekker will continue with the next chapter and asks that court be adjourned until 09:30 on Tuesday. 


31 Oct 15:27

The next slide shows the area at the head of the deceased and shows the blood stain.                       

PB: In this area, and this was the next day, myself and Olivier from the ballistic unit went back to the area and investigated.                       

Captain Olivier pointed out an area of irregularity.                       

And this is where we found the bullet.


31 Oct 15:25

Slide 125 shows second cartridge case.                       

PB: there was a single partial print visible this was made in a muddy area.                       

The soil in this area was very compact and covered with grass and other shrubs.                       

Even after processing the whole afternoon I seldom left a print myself.                       

This was the only print found.                        

Based on the pattern compared to the shoe of the deceased, it was my opinion that it was her shoe.                        


31 Oct 15:23

The next slides the recovery of the cartridges, which included the collection of touch DNA.                       

PB: I also collected a soil sample.


31 Oct 15:22

Slide 117 shows the scene after the body had been removed.


31 Oct 15:21

Slide 109 shows a small drop of blood on the tekkie, a gravity drop that followed the contour of her shoe until it dried.                       

Slide 112 shows remote control found in left pocket of her sweater.


31 Oct 15:20

You can hear a pin drop in the courtroom.                        


31 Oct 15:20

Slide 105 and 106 shows pattern of shoes.   

                    

31 Oct 15:19

Slide 101 shows the bullet entry wound to her cheek.                       

Slide 102 and 102 show the tekkies and her legs.                       

PB: no sign of ligature marks in this area (she was not bound).                        


31 Oct 15:18

PB: Due to the fact that we wanted the doctor to have a closer look, we did not disturb it further.                        


31 Oct 15:18

PB: the fact that the hair is pointing away from the bullet hole is an indication that this is the exit wound.   

Wound occurred while head was in close proximity to the ground at the time.                        


31 Oct 15:16

Christopher Panayiotou looks down. Can't look at these slides.


31 Oct 15:15

Slide 97 shows entrance wound to the back of the head of the deceased.                       

Slide 98 shows a close-up of this bullet hole. 


31 Oct 15:14

Slide 89 shows bullet holes back of the deceased.                       

Slides 90 and 91 show close-ups of the bullet holes.                          

Slide 92 shows the same two holes in the vest under the shirt.                       

Slide 94 shows wounds in her back directly.


31 Oct 15:13

Slide 84 shows two bullet wounds in her sweater at the back, as well as the blood stains.                       

Slides 85 and 86 show the two entrance wounds.                       

Slide 87 shows the piece of fabric cut out for ballistics.           

            


31 Oct 15:12

Slide 82 shows underwear intact.                       

The body is turned over.

PB: There were no large stains on her back, but there was a large saturation stain in her hoody.


31 Oct 15:10

MS: And you say there was no navel ring.                       

PB: No, it was as shown here.


31 Oct 15:09

MS: Can we go back? Must there be an open wound?

PB: Normally they go towards open wounds. In this case, the insects had gathered at the pool of blood around the head. This was the only other area where they had gathered so I presume there must have been some injury here.


31 Oct 15:08

Slides 80 and 81 show the navel area as well as insect activity.

PB: This was the only insect activity seen on the deceased. Insects will normally go to the areas where there is an open wound. Insects were mainly situated in the two holes for a belly button ring, which was not present. The insects are ants, and the small eggs here, correlate with the time frame of the death.


31 Oct 15:06

Slide 79 Shows the bra of the deceased.                       

PB: I made 2 observations: the underwear was still intact, and there was not a large amount of blood, which shows the torso changed direction shortly after the shots.                        


31 Oct 15:05

Slide 74 shows right arm with another gunshot wound. Slide 78 shows close-up view of this wound.


31 Oct 15:04

Slide 65 shows the gunshot hole to the chest area after the hand was removed and slide 66 shows a close-up of the bullet hole.                       

PB: The fibres pushed outwards from the sweater show the direction of the gunshot. The fibres also show that it was not supported by another surface, ie she was not lying on her stomach for example when this shot occurred.                        Slides show the bullet hole through sweater and then of the skin itself.


31 Oct 15:01

PB: After collecting evidence from both hands, which I sealed and kept in my possession until sent for laboratory testing I forwarded this evidence along with other exhibits via courier to Pretoria on 16 November 2015.


31 Oct 14:59

Slide 64 shows the gun residue kit.                       

PB: I detail the procedure in my affidavit.                       

When a firearm is discharged, in the back of the cartridge is a unique chemistry composition for the primer. When a person is tested positive for this residue it means a person was in close proximity of a gunshot.


31 Oct 14:58

MS: On the 1cm mark, on the thumb, can you tell us what we see there?                        

PB: that is blood transfer stains, most likely transferred from the bullet wound to the chest.


31 Oct 14:56

PB: We see this in incidents such as suicide, where the gun is clutched in the hand, despite rigour not having set in yet. The same happens in motor vehicle accident victims clutching the steering wheel.                       

While I cannot say that the rigour set in before, as the body was already in full rigour, it is my opinion that this is the case here.


31 Oct 14:54

MS: I want to ask you about the clutched hand. What would the explanation be for the hand being clutched?

PB: There is something that normally occurs in the death process. It is not part of rigour mortis, but it is called the cadaver spasm. Normally when there is a lot of tension in muscle groups the body goes into immediate rigour.


31 Oct 14:52

PB: Slide 59 shows high-velocity specs on her hand, similar to what was found on the face.                       

Due to the proximity of the face and the hand and the similar splatter, it is my opinion this was from one event.


31 Oct 14:50

The next slide shows her hand being bagged.                       

MS: Were you able to come to any conclusion regarding the cuts to the hands of the deceased? There are two possibilities: one is when a ring is removed, or it might have been wounds sustained in contact with raw metal, such as in the boot of a vehicle. These little wounds, were not in my opinion defensive wounds.


31 Oct 14:49

The next slide shows her hand covered with mud.                       

PB: This type of mud splatter occurs when the skin is in close proximity to water. My opinion is that the hand had been in that position when there was a slight drizzle.


31 Oct 14:48

Slide 49 shows the hair of the deceased.                       

PB: What was noticeable was the ponytail was pushed forward by the hood of the sweater.


31 Oct 14:47

PB: This is an indicator that the head remained static for the blood to flow and follow contours.                       

This blood together with blood under the head is a good indicator that the body had not been moved.                        


31 Oct 14:46

PB: Slide 48 shows the right ear of the deceased. The ear was filled with blood that had pooled inside the ear itself.                       

This blood was flowing from the ear itself and followed the contours as it was pulled down by gravity.


31 Oct 14:45

The next slide shows small blood drop splatter on her cheek.                       

PB: this is called a high-velocity stain and is consistent with gunshot.


31 Oct 14:44

Toni and Michelle Inggs are in tears. 


31 Oct 14:44

PB: There is a pool of blood under her head. The pool of blood saturated the ground.


31 Oct 14:43

Christopher Panayiotou  is showing emotion as a close-up image of Jayde’s face is shown.


31 Oct 14:42

The next few slides show the body from different angles.

PB: The legs are together, the right arm slightly extended, left arm curled up slightly to the chest.


31 Oct 14:41

PD: Body was in rigour mortis already and at ambient temperature.


31 Oct 14:41

PB: The body was of an adult female, fully dressed with all clothing intact.


31 Oct 14:40

Mom and Toni holding hands, comforting each other.


31 Oct 14:40

PB: The next slide [40] shows body in the position I found her on the crime scene.


31 Oct 14:39

On the next slide, the body is visible.

Tony Inggs starts crying.


31 Oct 14:39

PB: Slide 26 shows an area under the bushes. It had plastic water bottle and hessian bag; all had been there for a long time.


31 Oct 14:38

PB: The next few slides detail items found in the corridor.                       

These items were collected and tested for touch DNA.


31 Oct 14:37

PB: The next slide shows the corridor into the bush. As you can see in the centre of the photo there is a ridge approximately 8m into the corridor.                       

This ridge was covered with the same ground cover.


31 Oct 14:36

PB: [next slide] This shows where a print was lifted by the dog unit.

This is also the point where the final tyre tracks were found and I used this point to plot the GPS points.     

                  


31 Oct 14:35

PB: Due to the softness of the sand, the vehicle tracks may be insufficient for analysis.                        

What I did notice on slide 14, there are indications that the tyre reversed back onto itself. This normally occurs when you make a u-turn.                       

This process also contributed to destroying the print.                        


31 Oct 14:34

PB: On my way to the crime scene I gave permission telephonically to the dog unit to lift the tyre and shoe tracks in the road.                       

The reason for this was due to the forecasted wind which destroys these types of evidence. I gave him the go ahead.   

On my arrival, they were still busy lifting the tracks.

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