ballistics knowledgeable has demonstrated to a jury how an vintage revolver alleged to have been used to kill a Met police custody sergeant labored because the second day of a homicide trial bought below method.
Members of the jury within the trial of Louis De Zoysa, 25, who’s accused of murdering Sergeant Matt Ratana, 54, at a custody block in Croydon, south London, on September 25 2020 whereas he was handcuffed, have been allowed to carry the gun and hearth it at Northampton Crown Court docket on Thursday.
Forensic scientist and ballistics knowledgeable Anthony Miller defined that the gun was loaded with dummy bullets and was utterly secure for use within the court docket room, though it was aimed on the ceiling whereas being fired as an additional precaution.
Mr Miller instructed the court docket he had examined the revolver and the ammunition that was recovered after the incident.
Requested by prosecutor Duncan Penny KC if the gun went off accidentally throughout his rigorous testing, Mr Miller mentioned it didn’t.
Talking briefly and easy sentences so De Zoysa, who suffered mind injury after being hit within the neck by a bullet in the course of the incident, may observe proceedings, Mr Miller mentioned: “I dropped it on the bottom, I struck it with a cloth-faced hammer and I usually handled it roughly.”
The prosecution alleges De Zoysa “pulled the set off on goal 4 instances” whereas he was handcuffed in a holding room on the custody centre, with the primary and second photographs hitting Sgt Ratana, the third hitting the wall throughout a battle with officers and a fourth hitting De Zoysa himself.
They are saying the gun and holster have been “most likely hid below considered one of his armpits”.
He had been arrested on London Highway, Norbury, south London, in the course of the early hours of September 25 2020 after a cease and search by officers discovered he had hashish and 7 rounds of ammunition on him, put handcuffed at the back of a police van and brought to the custody centre.
De Zoysa, who sat within the dock in a wheelchair alongside an middleman, has denied homicide.
Imran Khan KC, for De Zoysa, instructed the jury on Wednesday that the defendant was struggling an autistic meltdown on the time of the taking pictures and “didn’t imply to or need to kill Sergeant Ratana, or to trigger him actually severe hurt”.
The trial continues.