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Old 30th June 2020, 06:03 AM   #361
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I wonder if the hairs turn the case.
Did the cartridge case in Thomas allow him to do a crime where he had no motive no means or opportunity.
Did the infamous Lundy polo shirt explain the supreme court claiming a petrol guzzling car could do 36 mpg?
New Zealand judges are an international disgrace.
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Old 30th June 2020, 11:36 AM   #362
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It is entirely plausible that Olivia likewise transferred some hairs to a chair at the Lodge and then Watson later sat in the same chair, transferring the hairs to his clothing, and from there transferred them to the blanket on the boat entirely innocently.
I know exactly how that works. My daughter has long, blonde hair and gets ever-bloody-where. I imagine there are blokes in Australia trying to explain how Barbie hair got on their suits.

It does make for a convenient alibi if I ever I want to get a mistress - just make sure she has long, blonde hair.

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New Zealand judges are an international disgrace.
It's not just NZ.

At least we don't execute the innocent.
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Old 30th June 2020, 11:50 AM   #363
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I know exactly how that works. My daughter has long, blonde hair and gets ever-bloody-where. I imagine there are blokes in Australia trying to explain how Barbie hair got on their suits.

It does make for a convenient alibi if I ever I want to get a mistress - just make sure she has long, blonde hair.



It's not just NZ.

At least we don't execute the innocent.
Neither does USA generally.
Cameron Todd Willingham and Larry Swearingen are both innocent and there was one more under question, but their supreme court allowed the executions to go forward without comment or conflating bare faced lies in support. Our supreme court exercises no such caution.
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Old 1st July 2020, 01:47 AM   #364
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Originally Posted by Samson View Post
What heads the list after the hairs?
According to a previous Minister of Justice the case was held together by the hair evidence. The reliable sightings of the ketch with the couple aboard after they were said to be dead rates highly.
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Old 1st July 2020, 01:55 AM   #365
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Originally Posted by PhantomWolf View Post
Even if the hairs were Olivia's, and were actually on the blanket, it still doesn't mean that she was ever on the boat.

I have told his story before and will likely do again at some stage, but I have a female friend and I have previously found her hair in my bed. The doesn't mean that she was ever in my bed, but that case could be made based on the evidence. In reality I spent time at her house and sat in chairs that she had previously sat in. Her hair had transferred to the chair when she was in it, then to my clothing when I was, and I carried it on my clothing to my bed, transferring it when I sat on it.

It is entirely plausible that Olivia likewise transferred some hairs to a chair at the Lodge and then Watson later sat in the same chair, transferring the hairs to his clothing, and from there transferred them to the blanket on the boat entirely innocently.

The case has too many holes in it, his lawyer also screwed up but not putting on a defense. The Judge made a few gaffs too. As a whole the entire thing was a sham and a shambles.
The question is now whether they were Olivia's hairs, a lot different to how they apparently got found in the lab which was the argument for 20 years plus.
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Old 1st July 2020, 03:13 AM   #366
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Months even, wasn't it?

Regardless of where they were found, the idea was always nonsense, but your average Kiwi hears DNA and thinks it's a holy grail.

Except it's not.
It was a 1 in 28,000 probability DNA match - hardly conclusive, and that range would include Olivia's sister Amelia, who was also at Furneaux Lodge that night.

In fact, it isn't just average Kiwi's who think that. Remember, it was DNA that helped to convict David Dougherty - DNA that actually excluded him, but thanks to a completely incorrect direction to the jury from the stupid, ignorant Judge, he was wrongfully convicted.
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Old 1st July 2020, 11:09 AM   #367
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It was a 1 in 28,000 probability DNA match...
That's the bit that was never dealt with properly.

If I had the time to again work out how many pairs of hair DNA were at Furneaux, with 1000 people present, I could give you an exact answer, but I seem to recall it was about 30. The defence needed to call a statistician to blow that crap out of the water.

1 in 28,000 is nothing. People hear DNA and think it's 1 in billions.
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Old 31st July 2020, 11:31 AM   #368
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Good analysis here of the case, evidence and appeal.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cri...er-get-justice

More evidence that "Ministry of Justice" is an oxymoron.
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Old 31st July 2020, 12:38 PM   #369
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Good analysis here of the case, evidence and appeal.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cri...er-get-justice

More evidence that "Ministry of Justice" is an oxymoron.
"Sir Graham Panckhurst and others suggest the camera’s flash has made it look this way, and he actually had considerable stubble."

This is just complete and utter BS. If anything, a camera flash will accentuate the appearance of unshaven stubble because it dramatically increases the contrast of the photo. The areas of the face pointing directly at the camera become shiny because of skin reflection, especially if there is sweat present, but anything at an angle to the flash dircetion, such as hairs, cast small shadows that create little black spots and make the stubble more obvious.

Pankhurst has created this fantasy out of whole cloth.
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Old 31st July 2020, 04:14 PM   #370
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This is such a disgraceful account it doesn't matter whether Watson is guilty, the judiciary have plumbed unfathomable depths with this garbage recrafting the science of photography to make hirsute a bald face.
Rot in **** Pankhurst.
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"Sir Graham Panckhurst and others suggest the camera’s flash has made it look this way, and he actually had considerable stubble."

This is just complete and utter BS.
Yep. I'm pleased they reported that, because it's insane and a deliberate attempt to fit him up. Aside from the point that as a description "unshaven" doesn't mean "didn't shave this morning".

What the hell is wrong with our judges?
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Old 1st August 2020, 06:24 AM   #372
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this simplest explanation of there being no evidence

From Mike White's linked article, "For example, in considering whether there was evidence that Watson cleaned up his yacht after supposedly murdering Ben and Olivia, Panckhurst says, 'the evidence of wiped surfaces free of fingerprints is, save for those of Mr Watson and his sister, sinister.'"

This boggles the mind, even disregarding the next paragraph of the article. If Mr. Watson is innocent, why would there be other fingerprints in his craft?
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If they'd found the victims' fingerprints, that would be proof he'd done it.

The fact that they didn't find their fingerprints just proves he not only did it, he also tried to cover it up! Surely that's an extra crime that he should be sentenced for!
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Old 1st August 2020, 08:12 AM   #374
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The clever partial clean up!
Where the invisible is perfectly divined by the mortal.
Now where is that concept suggested on this forum?

Incorruptible smartass New Zealand, don't get fooled.
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The clever partial clean up!
Like CH, that truly blew me away. It reads as though Watson deliberately removed fingerprints from Ben & Olivia and left the others.

Even Baldrick wouldn't have a plan that cunning.
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