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30th June, 2015. Bradford Coroners' Court:
expert witness on firearms.
Detailed forensic firearms' evidence was today, day five of the Inquest into the death of Mr Colin Berry, presented to the Coroner's Court. Mr Berry's fatal wound was what is known in the literature as a close contact wound. The firearms' expert, who also holds a bachelors degree in medicine, witnessed the bullet being removed during the post mortem.
On examination the bullet proved to be copper jacketed, and was consistent with being from a .359 calibre cartridge Correction: .359 should, of course, read .375 HG.. All six cartridges in the revolver which the expert understood to be the weapon used in the fatal shooting were live. Only one was copper jacketed. Three were consistent with commercial manufacture. Three were 38 special calibre cartridges, consistent with home reloads.
The Smith & Wesson revolver examined by the firearms' expert is of a type licensed only to police or the military on authority from the Home Office.
The Inquest continues tomorrow, 1st July, 2015.
Helen Gavaghan, publisher and editor, Science, People & Politics