Judge: Will you take a seat in the mean time sir. The state has made an application for a break in the case, the application is not opposed.
Judge: This matter that was meant to run for 3 weeks, is running for 6 weeks. I cause to state that this fact has been known to both counsels.
Judge: In coming to my decision, counsel have made themselves available way beyond the time that was envisioned.
Judge: Much of the evidence is technical evidence from experts, much of this time will then be used by my assessors and myself time to go through this evidence.
Judge: I hope the counsel will also take the time to work through this evidence.
Judge: The postponement is only for 7 working days. Having the regard to this matter, the application is granted.
Judge: I am aware that the date of the 5 May is not suitable for everybody, but we are pressed for time and we cannot take anymore time.
Judge: Mr. Dixon, you are still under oath?
Roux: My lady, I have made copies of the photographs of yesterday for you, as well as the CV of Mr. Dixon. To be marked as JJJ1 and JJJ2
Roux: Mr. Dixon, if you can go to JJJ2, you will see it on the screen now.
Roux: My lady, it will be the last photo in JJJ2. Can you explain what that is?
Dixon: My lady, I was asked to explain the height of the marks. I have marked the bullet holes.
Dixon: Next, I have marked the heights of ricochet marks of B, C and then D on the right hand side. What I have done on the magazine rack, those reflect the position of the lower marks,
Dixon: if the deceased had been seated on the magazine rack. It has horizontal side panels and on top of the handle.
Dixon: That then would be the distance of the buttocks to the bottom most marks as shown in the picture.
Dixon: The reason I was asked to do this was, bullet mark E on the wall, has a suit of horizontal long axis mark. This means the bullet might have been oriented .
Dixon: I picked up that there was in addition to the elements that you would expect, I picked up copper.
Dixon: The bullet had a jacket, my lady. If the bullet still had the jacket around the core, still contained the jacket around it.
Dixon: The impression the bullet made as it was hitting the wall, made a transfer onto the stone work. That bullet was reasonable intact when it hit the wall.
Dixon: The transfer of energy, if there is not a direct rebound. Sometimes if you drop a stone in water, there is energy reflected there. The water comes back in rebound, my lady.
Dixon: This is a similar thing here my lady. If the bullet is directed on, then the force will be directly transferred on to it.
Dixon: So what we are seeing here is the projectile, hit that wall with enough energy at a side ways movement. Because it was a glancing blow there was not enough energy.
Dixon: If you look at point F in the photograph. You will see cracks at the point of impact. Because it is hitting the tile point on, the energy goes in. That is why the stone tiles have broken.
Roux: You have the height there, the first height 104 to 97, would be either B, C or D?
Roux: What would then be the position of the projectile in E?
Dixon: The amount of energy will be reduced. Each time it interacts with a target it is losing energy.
Dixon: From the damage to the stone I can see when it hit from E to F, it still had enough energy to impact on that stone tile and shatter it to some degree.
Dixon: I would expect a large amount of energy transfer. Also the heights are dropping off. Wherever it's hitting in its path, it is going down in its energy.
Dixon: So, from F, my lady, where did that projectile go? If it had lost all its energy it would have dropped to the floor.
Dixon: If I had not, you would expect that it would then ricochet against the wall.
Dixon: It would bounce backwards, however the structure of the material could have effected the projectile. If that is the case, it could come out at a angle.
Dixon: However if that was the case and the projectile went right of that towards the back of the deceased, it would still have to have quite a bit of energy,
Dixon: 76cm would have to be the lower most contusion there. The problem there is that you have 2 / 3 contusions there on top of each other.
Dixon: I cannot see that the projectile would be able to go down and then up again. Also one would expect it to have jiggered edges. These are very regular shapes,
Dixon: they show no signs in tears.
Roux: We know from Prof. Saaymans' evidence that it could be any blunt object. I am going to ask Mr. Kruger to go to a photo 233 on that page.
Roux: It is an enlargement of that photo. If you could place that on his back.
Dixon: If according to, if the bullet had ricochet and come down. The corner of the wall is like this ad then straight. The toilet is over here.
Dixon: The corner over there by that wall, the bullets went B, C, and D. F would be on the long wall on the back, close to the corner.
Roux: Can you demonstrate to the court?
Dixon: F, my lady would be approximately over here.