The nature of the wound in this case is enough in itself to have this case treated as suspicious. We were informed last week, that in light of this case, every case of a stabbing to the chest will be treated as suspicious. Our understanding of this case was that was the belief of the eminent pathologists who attended the FAI, it seems that only the individual who never attended the scene that night thought otherwise. We will discuss this more when we look at the management the night of Colin’s death.
It has to be noted that this was not just a wound to the chest it was actually a wound through the sternum which is the second most dense bone in the body. It was agreed that this was no accident, that whoever did this did it with ferocious intent. If that is not enough, the knife is then removed and flung across the room. The leading pathologists with experience in this field agreed that it would take significantly more force to remove the knife than it would take to inflict the wound. A forensic psychologist we talked to also believed that the force required to remove the knife yourself would be virtually impossible when considering the state of shock of the individual. We are then supposed to believe that in this state you would be able to throw the knife across a room.
The statistics for people committing self-inflicted wounds such as this are incredibly rare. We did extensive research and we appeared to find more cases than the pathologists could find and that was only about 5 world-wide. In each of these cases the individual had been previously hospitalised with serious mental issues. One of the pathologists had only come across one such case and that had been deemed self-inflicted until someone later admitted carrying out the crime. This degree of rarity is only for the act of self-infliction and does not include the knife removal or being able to throw it across a room. You may have guessed that we could find no such cases and none were presented by the experts. There is no known case like Colin’s in the world.
So, in this context, this is not one unbelievable act but three. If this is the case why do some pathologists term it as being neutral, i.e., it could be either self-inflicted or homicide. This is an area that has caused us great frustration as it suggests that it is almost a fifty- fifty chance. What it means is that because someone can stab themselves like this then it is possible he did. Statistics and further background information is not taken into consideration by some pathologists. In our case, a couple of pathologists did state that they believed homicide to be more likely and no one stated that they thought self-infliction was more likely.
What they all agreed was that a case like this required a thorough investigation.