NZ Pathologist Testifies in Canada
NZ-based pathologist Dr James Ferris has given evidence in the most high-profile murder case in recent Canadian history. Ferris, a veteran of 40 years forensic investigation, has testified at the trial of Robert William Pickton, the Vancouver pig farmer accused of killing 26 female drug addicts and prostitutes. While working in Vancouver in 1995, Ferris examined a mysterious half skull that he believed could be linked to a future homicide investigation. DNA analysis has since matched the skull to three bones found on Pickton’s farm. Ferris has been involved as a pathologist in over 1,000 homicide cases in Canada, the US, Hong Kong, Australia and NZ. He worked on Australia’s Lindy and Azaria Chamberlain case and gave evidence for the Crown against David Bain at his initial Christchurch trial.