Dixon: The deceased fell and hit this part of the magazine rack here. The flat panel here or the handle give you a thinner line.
Dixon: Also the body has a large mass, in order for the body to get those contusions, one would have to had fallen with quite some force.
Roux: Yesterday you spoke about the test done with the cricket bat. I am going to play that again and then another test.
Roux: I specifically isolated them from the gunshots, so that you get an idea of what you are hearing when you hear the cricket bat.
Roux: That is when you hit the cricket bat against the door.
Roux: This was at 60m the first one, the second one was at 80m.
Roux: The firearm at 60m. And at 180m.
Roux: That is the test that you attended.
Dixon: My lady the first was at 60m and 180m and the second was the firearm at 60m and 180m.
Roux: Thank-you, my lady nothing further.
Nel: You obtained your masters?
Dixon: I am at the Pretoria University Laboratory.
Nel: I see that you are currently not affiliated to any forensic body?
Dixon: That is correct, my lady.
Nel: You've been with the Forensic Laboratory department of the South African Police?
Nel: What would that allow an expert witness to do in court?
Dixon: An expert witness is defined on the expertise of experience. Not only on the expertise but also on the training that you have obtained on cases.
Dixon: An expert is required to say that yes, I have obtained enough experience of this area and I can do extra research, I can then come to a conclusion.
Nel: But then you would have to take the court through the processes.
Dixon: My lady, if that is required, then that can be done.
Nel: Not only if that is required, it should be done in court.
Dixon: My lady, my report was done by obtaining the other experts that reported on this case. What I did was that I reconstructed a scenario.
Dixon: As I pointed out yesterday I am not a ballastic's expert or an expert on a number of other fields.
Dixon: My geological experience is quite relevant to this case, my lady.
Dixon: If you have sufficient small pieces of evidence you can then map a logical scene of what happened.
Dixon: That is what I mean by deduction, I use the scientific evidence that I have at my disposable
Dixon: So, in my experience in my police years doing crime scenes I feel that I can.
Nel: You have now given me a long explanation but not my question.
Dixon: My lady, I have to explain to the court how I got to my findings.
Nel: Are you a sound expert, sir?
Dixon: My lady, the test that I took yielding the cricket bat, was to find the sound hitting the door with a cricket bat.
Nel: So what expertise was used in yielding a cricket bat?
Dixon: People were hired to record the sound that I made yielding the cricket bat hitting the door and the firearm shooting.
Nel: You say there were other people there, who were these people?
Dixon: There was the ranger, Mr. Wolmarans, Mr. Van Der Westhuizen and then there were the wives of Mr. Wolmarans and Mr. Van Der Westhuizen.
Dixon: There were other people from the sound recording company from Centurion, is my understanding. There were other people there, it was an gun range.
Nel: Whe you hit the door with the bat, did you wear ear protection?
Dixon: My lady, I did not. I wanted to listen. A cricket bat hitting an object, doe snot make a very loud sound.
Nel: Were your ears not ringing?
Dixon: My lady, I did notice a ringing.