Crime Report – Appendix C – Important images
For clarities sake, I copy the most important ones below.
Back Door –
Thumb turn lock – horizontal is door barred i.e LOCKED
Ness day 070.jpg taken by the NZ Fire Service on the 10 September 2011 at 5:40pm.
IMG_5588.jpg by DS Bindon on the 10 September 2011 at 11:50am – Locked!
RJ took several further images of the back door lock including:-
IMG_1265.jpg on 14 September 2011 – Locked.
IMG_1444.jpg on 16 September 2011 IMG_3684.jpg, UNlocked
Lock can be turned, it’s position has no relevance to intruders or lack of them but RJ misled the Court endlessly about it!
RJ drew this on 14 September 2011, Back door, (D2) Locked – Key not located.
Crown used RJ’s misleading evidence about the door as lead point in attempt to discount the ‘Break in theory.’
RJ – 12 December 2011, IMG_4392, IMG_4393, above, show the printer remains as recorded in the Library. The remains are seen on top of a large pile of fire debris. Note ‘M’ shaped remains of wall frame at top of image, this was the wall at the west end of the library where the beam rested.
IMG_4394 taken a few minutes later after the printer had been removed shows on the right side of the image a side view of the large pile of debris which was under the bear at the western end of the library.
This is an enlarged view from the image above of the pile of debris with the location where the printer is seen on the earlier images highlighted. It shows the printer remains were 30-45cms above the floor of the library, not near floor level.
Images Ness Day 057 and 059 taken by the Fire Service on 10 September 2011. The twisted beam is resting on the ‘M’ shaped part of the wall frame at the western end of the library, you can see right under the beam at this time, the space under it is not filled by debris but this is the location of the debris seen in RJ’s images of the printer remains, IMG_4392, IMG_4393.
This is an enlargement from IMG_1332 taken by RJ on 14 September 2011. Here you can see the west end of the beam resting on the ‘M’ shaped section of the wall frame. For over 2 metres out from the wall frame you can see clearly right under the beam, there is no debris pile in this location at this time.
Detail from IMG_1185 also taken by RJ on 14 Sept 2011 showing the reverse view, the other side of the beam with no debris under it near the wall frame.
IMG_3617 and 3638 taken by RJ on 8 November 2011 show the west end of the beam as in the images above. RJ has cleared the library debris in front of the beam down to bare concrete and moved much of the debris to the space under the beam. The debris pile is now higher than the beam and almost completely fills the alcove that existed in front of the ‘M’ shaped wall frame.
IMG_4477 and 4478 taken by RJ on 12 December 2011 show the 2 printers RJ claims to have recovered from the debris on that date. The top image shows a complete printer, the black plastic melted but did not burn, there is even paper surviving, from the office. The lower one is the frame photographed on top of the debris pile that had been created by RJ on 8 November2011.
RJ and MF Destroyed the Evidence
On 12/13 December 2011, RJ and MF cleared the important areas of the fire scene down to bare concrete as seen above in RJ’s images IMG_4452 and 4454. Both show the library area, the lower one in the foreground the printer had been found in the cleared area mid way up the right hand side of the image.
Master Bedroom Balcony Rocks.
RJ took images of these on several days, on 14 September 2011, IMG_1289 and 1291 with a detail from 1291 showing the glass all on top of fire debris.
RJ took a series of images IMG_1404 to 1409 on 16 September 2011 including close ups of each rock showing them sitting on top of the debris.
The images show, beyond any doubt, that the debris is dry and is the bottom layer, the cement ceiling of the balcony failed and fell in large pieces on top of the debris. The rocks smashed the toughened glass balustrades which fell on top of the lower debris and ceiling layers with the rocks on top of everything. 100% of the glass and the rocks themselves are on top of the debris. The glass was definitely broken after the fire debris had arrived on the balcony.
No indication of water and the idea that water could lift the large rocks and slide the debris neatly below them is absurd.
See Tony Café’s report on these rocks here –
Accelerant Pooling and trial marks
RJ images IMG_3657 and 3685 are of interest, the trial marks shown above are all on the risers of the stairs in a straight line down the flight. This is consistent with a burning piece of debris falling onto the stair but not liquid being poured since it would have pooled on the tread of the stair.
Here the area has been scraped back, the foam rubber underlay remains undamaged, it would have absorbed the petrol and burnt fiercely as would the coconut fibre back door mat seen in the image.