Roux: What is interesting is that presenting your evidence to the court. You said that you have done international accreditation on foot marks?
Vermeulen: That is correct, my lady.
Roux: Would the mark be consistant with the prosthetic foot of the acussed?
Vermeulen: My lady, if the analysis is done, there is posability.
Vermeulen: I am not convinced, my lady. There is no evidence to say that the mark was caused by the prosthetic leg.
Roux: Assuming that, that is correct that the mark is caused by the accused kicking the door with his prosthetic leg
Vermeulen: If the door was in place, and the accused could kick so high.
Roux: That is a very good possability, the accused can kick so high.
Roux: We requested your files yeaterday, It consisted of three files.
Roux: They are infront of you. May we just mark them before I hand them to you.
Roux: Second file we received from you, we will mark as CC2.
Roux: And the third file we will mark as exhibit as CC3.
Roux: Now, if you can explain to the court was is your first file.
Vermeulen: The first file would be the first entry opened for this specific case, the second file for the second entry, and so on. In the laboratory, when we open a case, we open a file. The purpose is to keep records, the chain of custody of the evidence.
Roux: Tests done and documents?
Vermeulen: Yes, tests and documents done.
Roux: Did you remove any documents before handing it to us?
Roux: Let's go through the file.
Roux: This section deals with the holster for analysis?
Vermeulen: Yes, that is correct my lady.
Roux: What happened to the holster?
Vermeulen: My lady, I did not do the analysis on the holster. There you will see the handing over of the holster and the cricket bat on the 8 March to me.
Judge: Where are you reading from?
Vermeulen: Second section on CC1
Vermeulen: This is just a document to have records of the handing over from one section to another. On this document, she filled in what I received. I then signed for it. I kept it under lock and key. I then handed over the cricket bat on the 12 March, it is on document marked 5 of 6. I signed there where I handed the cricket bat over to him.
Judge: I think you are moving to fast.
Roux: My lady, if you go to the 8th page it is an official letter head of the police. There you say you handed over the cricket?
Vermeulen: That is correct, my lady. On the next page you will see there is a photograph of the evidence bag.
Roux: After that page, there is a document with the heading "Investigation Diary". What is an investigation diary?
Vermeulen: My lady, it is a document where we can make notes during the investigation. You will see that I did not make use of this.
Roux: What else is in this file?
Vermeulen: After that, you will see my affidavit. You will also see three pictures of evidence bags.
Roux: And then in your statement, the last paragraph you say that all the photograph were taken by officer Van Staden. Where are the photograph's that were taken where you pretend to hit the door?
Vermeulen: My lady, I think those are still with Van Staden.
Roux: Did you take the pictures, in what you described as an unnatural position?
Vermeulen: We can look at the album. I did also try to replicate the unnatural position.
Roux: Let's go to the second file. Exhibit CC2, what is this file all about?
Vermeulen: My lady, you will see there is a covering letter signed by Van Staden. He submitted this specific evidence in this file. You will see the sample evidence as submitted to the forensic department on the 20 March.
Roux: Who would receive it there?
Vermeulen: There is a department that deal with this, my lady.
Roux: And the steel plate.
Vermeulen: It was received on the 14 March.