Assistant Specialist Joao Barreiras reported what he had found when the first CSI team inspected the apartment in the early hours of 4th May. (Those were his crime scene photos some posts back – please refer.)
Only the inside of the window in the children’s bedroom was examined at the time, due to the lack of light. The flat was then sealed so an extended examination could be made under better conditions.
Joao Barreiras found five prints on the window, all matched to Kate McCann. There were 3 prints from her left middle finger, and two from her left index finger.
The report does not state whereabouts on the inside of the window these were found.
The window is the kind where a central retaining pin is pressed in when locking the window, and popped out when unlocking the window. Once unlocked it is normal to use the handle to slide it open, in this case from left to right.
The position of the window, relative to the bed that was pushed up against the wall, would be OK if you were left-handed. However, in that case, you should only be grabbing the handle, not leaving fingerprints on the window.
Window position versus bed position makes it difficult for a right-handed person to fully open the window. The trouble with this line of thought is that surely a right-handed person would simply clutch the right hand end of the window to slide it fully across, thereby leaving no left-handed fingerprints anywhere.
If anyone can come up with a better theory for Kate McCann’s left-handed fingerprints on the window, please leave a comment.
At the moment, frankly, I’m baffled!