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Officer blames poor skill for edited video
Det-Sgt Ian Moore outside court. Picture: Bill Hatto, The West Australian

A police officer was recalled as a witness yesterday to be questioned about why he gave incomplete video footage of Corryn Rayney's preliminary post-mortem examination to the pathologist who did it.

The defence has questioned the integrity of liquidambar seed pods found in Mrs Rayney's hair at an autopsy the next day but not in the preliminary examination.

Det-Sgt Ian Moore said he believed at the time he copied "the entirety of the preliminary post-mortem footage" off his computer for pathologist Gerard Cadden.

He did not "in any way" intend to mislead Dr Cadden but subsequently learnt the footage given to Dr Cadden had only half to two-thirds of the preliminary examination.

The court has been told the footage given to Dr Cadden did not show him examining Mrs Rayney's hair at the preliminary examination but the complete footage did.

Dr Cadden testified he found it difficult to believe he did not find the pods in his initial examination.

Det-Sgt Moore said his computer skills were "average" and he was not given training or had experience in video editing.

The prosecution claims the pods connect Mrs Rayney's death to her Como home. The defence questions the lack of photographs of the pods when they were in her hair.