An UK-based forensic pro Jason Payne James’ detailed investigation report in the clear suicide case will probably be submitted in a case between CBI and Jiah Khan’s mom Rabia Khan to the High Court. As per his report, actor Jiah Khan’s hanging was staged and the marks on her face and neck suggest it’s not a straightforward case of suicide. The expert was hired by Rabia to probe into Jiah’s case and help her find crucial information as she wasn’t contented with CBI’s findings.
Jason Payne-James’s Mirror findings, which were examined by Mirror, contradict Indian pros report that is ’ on Jiah’s death. Khan’s mother, Rabia, intends to share them with a city sessions court on Wednesday. If the court will acknowledge a report by a foreign specialist who was hired by Rabia, and never the state it remains to be seen. Here below are the incongruities in the Indian report submitted on Jiah Khan and the flaws pointed out by Payne James…
#The state’s forensic experts had said the injury marks on Jiah’s lower lip were probably the result of “friction with the teeth during the commission of the act [suicide]”. But Payne-James has said the injuries “represent either abrasions or bruises”, and are indicative of “blunt force trauma to the mouth region (for example punching or a hand placed over the mouth)”. “In terms of their site and appearance, they are not typical of teeth marks,” the report states.
#State forensic experts had said the ligature marks on Jiah’s neck “may be caused due to slippage of ligature material [dupatta] slightly downwards or the ligature knot present at that site”. But Payne-James concluded that the dupatta could not have created such impressions. “It would seem unlikely that the diffuse pressure of the dupatta around the neck would cause the well-defined abraded ligature mark seen,” he has said.
#The British forensic experts has also ruled out the possibility of the dupatta creating marks on Jiah’s lower jaw, contradicting state experts’ opinion that said the injury may have been caused by multiple knots on the dupatta.
#”I would have expected any forensic specialist to have insisted on seeing the dupatta. I do not see that there is any realistic possibility of the dupatta creating the patterned injury under the chin. Other causes or objects should have been considered such as a blunt impact from a patterned object, or a ligature made of different material,” Payne-James’s report states.
#He has questioned Indian investigators’ failure to explore theories other than suicide. “I do not believe that the possibility of a staged hanging after death that has been caused previously has been properly considered (e.g. ligature strangulation with some other material and then Nafisa Khan being ‘hung’ with the dupatta),” he has said.
#He adds: “The marks on the left arm and the lower lip are consistent with assaultive injuries… the marks of ligature and the mark on the chin are not consistent with simple hanging with the dupatta.”
Payne-James believes Indian forensic experts didn’t study medical evidence extensively. “There are a number of serious misinterpretations (or exceptions of practical inferences) of the medical evidence, and the apparent goal to credit her death to suicide may mean that the actual chance of a staged hanging following to earlier death at the hands of another continues to be missed,” the report states.
Rabia’s counsel, Dinesh Tiwari, said the findings demonstrated that Indian investigators had not done a comprehensive job. “We will approach the court to take these findings into consideration,” he said.
To said no judge would reject new insights into a case outright. Any specialist opinion is admissible before the court and the findings are taken into serious consideration. What evidence was made available to the forensic lab that prepared the report holds essential value,” said senior criminal lawyer Rizwan Merchant.