Mauro Barbadori's Testimony (English)
Summary of Mauro Barbadori's Testimony
Mauro Barbadori is a police officer that participated in the investigation into the murder of Meredith Kercher. He participated in the search of the cottage on November 6, he collected and testified with respect to the CCTV video collected from the parking structure across near the cottage, and he reconstructed Meredith's route from her English friend's house to the cottage. He was also involved in setting up the audio surveillance used to listen on Sollecito and Knox's conversations in the police waiting room.
The November 6th Search of the Cottage
There was nothing noteworthy with respect to the testimony regarding the search.
The CCTV Footage
Barbadori testified that the parking structure across the street from the cottage had CCTV cameras that were activated by sensors that detected vehicles entering the structure. One of the cameras was situated so as to record not only the entrance to the parking structure but also the street just to the west of the cottage.
The CCTV Camera Was 10 Minutes Fast
Barbadori testified that the CCTV video was ten minutes fast and so to get the correct time you would need to subtract ten minutes from the time stated on the video. This calibration was accomplished by comparing the time on the camera during the collection to an accurate time taken from the Internet.
Defense attorney Bongiorno advanced an argument that there are alternative ways to calibrate a camera and suggested using phone records as fixed points. Barbadori acknowledged that any fixed point could be used but that he had not used that method. Instead he simply compared the time on the camera to the actual time from an accurate source.
Bongiorno advanced the argument that using the phone records and some of the footage it was possible to establish that the CCTV camera was actually slow rather than fast. Barbadori explained that he did not process the phone records and so could not respond to that question.
Bongiorno asked Barbadori if he was the one who did the calibration. Barbadori stated it was one of the technicians. Bongiorno asked for the name of the technician and arrangements were made to have the name sent to her.
Possible Image of Meredith Returning To The Cottage
One of the items of interest that the CCTV camera captured was the figure of an individual returning to the cottage at 8:51 pm which once you adjust the time is 8:41 pm. The media was quick to publish that this image was the last time that Meredith was seen alive. The testimony is much less convincing. According to Barbadori's testimony you can't see the individual's face, you can't determine if the individual is male or female, you can't determine if the person is wearing a skirt or trousers, and while he feels comfortable stating the person had dark hair you he can't determine if the hair is short or long. In essence he can't identify the person on the CCTV video. The speculation that the image is of Meredith is based on the time corresponding to roughly the time that Meredith would be traveling that route.
The Communications Police
The other item of interest on the CCTV video are various images of the Communications Police arriving, looking for, and then heading toward the cottage. The initial arrival of the Communications Police is at 12:36 pm which is actually 12:26 pm. The Communication Police are looking for the cottage and as stated in their testimony originally went in the wrong direction. At 12:41 pm which is actually 12:31 pm the Communication Police are again seen this time heading directly toward the cottage and only a few meters from the front door. The significance of this is that it established that Knox and Sollecito called the emergency number to report the burglary after the Communications Police had already arrived.
Reconstructing Meredith's Walk Home
Barbadori was also responsible for reconstructing Meredith's walk from her friend's house to the cottage. He used the route that that Meredith is believed to have taken and included a pause at the point where Meredith parted ways with he walking companion. According to Barbadori the trip would have taken Meredith ten minutes.
A question was asked if Barbadori or anyone else did a similar simulation to determine the amount of time it would take for an individual to travel from the cottage to the location where Meredith's phones were discarded. Barbadori responded that no such simulation had been undertaken.
Surveillance of Knox and Sollecito in the Police Waiting Room
Barbadori was responsible for setting up equipment so that the police could hear what Sollecito and Knox discussed while waiting. Barbadori reports that one interception Knox was discussing a third person who they would not name. This intercepted conversation is what led police to believe that a third person was involved in the murder. On cross-examination Barbadori admitted that since the conversation between Knox and Sollecito was in English he had to rely on an interpreter for the contents.
Key to abbreviations GCM Giancarlo Massei Judge Presidente GM Giuliano Mignini Prosecutor Pubblico Ministero MC Manuela Comodi Prosecutor Pubblico Ministero MB Mauro Barbadori Witness being questioned Deputy Chief of the State Police LG Luciano Ghirga Knox defense lawyer Avvocato CDV Carlo Dalla Vedova Knox defense lawyer Avvocato
Mauro Barbadori's Testimony
Defense – Attorney Ghirga
Defense – Attorney Dalla Vedova
- The claim that the CCTV footage was slow is a claim that has been advanced online but it was never established in court. Bongiorno alleges it here but she is a lawyer and her statements are not testimony. The defense was free to schedule an expert witness to introduce this argument but elected not to. After the testimony phase of the trial had concluded and it was clear the Massei court would convict, the defense asked to introduce several items of evidence including evidence related to the CCTV clock being slow. Massei denied the request to add additional witnesses that late in the game so the evidence was never heard.