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The Tori Stafford Case

Forensic expert matches car in video to Rafferty’s

Hank Daniszewski, QMI Agency

LONDON, Ont. - 

The Crown wrapped up its case against Michael Rafferty Thursday with testimony from a forensic video expert.

Gerald Lanna, a civilian employee of the OPP, told Rafferty's murder trial that a car seen at an Esso station in Woodstock, Ont., and at Home Depot in Guelph, Ont., on April 8 has unique features that matched Michael Rafferty's Honda Civic.

Lanna, one of only 33 certified video forensic experts in the world, was able to identify a number of the car's features, including a painted white dash, rear spoiler, dark rims and hood scoop that matched Rafferty's car that the Crown contends was used in the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.

Lanna said he checked with Honda Canada and found the hood scoop was not standard or optional equipment.

"I would have to say that's our vehicle," he said.

Lanna also went over four videos that appear to show Terri-Lynne McClintic wearing a white coat at a Woodstock cinema, a grocery store and the Guelph Home Depot.

McClintic also appears to be wearing the coat in a surveillance video from outside College Avenue secondary school showing Tori's abduction.

The tape, released to the public, showed Toril walking after school with an unknown woman on April 8, 2009.

In all four videos, McClintic appeared to be wearing the same white coat based on details visible in the videos although Lanna noted the school video was too distant to see some details.

Lanna also analyzed videos to determine if the clothing and shoes worn by Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic matched items later seized by police.

He said a pea coat worn by Rafferty at an ABM machine in Woodstock matched photos of the jacket after it was seized by police.

McClintic confessed in May 2009 to abducting Tori and later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Her testimony formed the foundation of the case against Rafferty, 31, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm.

The trail continues Tuesday. Defense lawyer Dirk Derstine has not indicated whether Rafferty will testify or whether he will call any other witnesses.

hank.daniszewski@sunmedia.ca

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