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The Van Breda trial has continued into day 33 of the proceedings in the Western Cape High Court where forensic expert Warrant Officer Lorraine Nel has given testimony to DNA samples handed over as evidence.
Galloway says no further witnesses available for today.
Next witness will be available tomorrow.
Botha asks how defence can verify with their own experts, Nel says if the swab is still available.
Is it, Botha asks.
Botha asks if she says that this isn't prescribed in the SOPs.
Nel says she documents her positive result by writing it down.
Exhibit 117. H-stick was used to check for possible presence of blood.
Botha asks where the expiry date is. Nel says it's in the case file.
Sticks can give false positive, Botha asks.
Yes, Nel says.
How do you know if dipstick or luminol used?
Nel says it's documented in case file. Although not in her affidavit.
What indicated "vremde druppel" on hand that it was blood?
She said it looked like blood that's why it had to be tested. Visual determination.
Nel says it was according to the type of swab that was used.
Did you check for presence of possible blood? No, Nel says, some swabs go straight to DNA, they don't do presumptive tests on them.
Why write something not contained in exhibit bag?
Nel says it was a pointed swab taken by the doctor under the nail, that's where it comes from. Botha says she assumed (Desai says inferred) this.
Refers to SOP which says exhibits must be examined optimally due to cost involved.
If ownership of sample or where found is questioned, the io must be contacted and conversation must be recorded.
Head of axe swab referred to.
Page attached to it. Nel says she added it.
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