STATEMENT IN THE MATTER OF: Srila Prabhupada
David James NEIL states:
My full name is David James NEIL. I do not
wish to disclose my personal residential address, but I can be contacted at via
my mobile telephone ((0402 421 843))
relates to the examination of a cassette tape that I performed on behalf of
ISKCON, through their representative, David, in or about February 2000, although
I believed it to be later that same year, I have only ever had one meeting with
David, whose surname I do not know and that one meeting was the only meeting
involving any persons from ISKCON.
I recall that David approached me and
asked if it would be possible for me to examine a segment of audio from a
cassette tape that was in his possession and provide some form of
analysis/enhancement so as to enable the speech to be clarified. At the time I
was operating my own business, trading as "The Refinery."
The initial discussion with David was over
the telephone and some time later, David brought the audiocassette tape to the
studio. During the course of our discussions at the studio, it was mentioned
that there had been some discussion in one of the Pro-audio threads on the worid-wide-web,
which I think was the Sonic Users Group.
Questions had been raised with regards to
spectrographic analysis being the most accurate system of assessment available
in todays market. There was also discussion as to the positive or negative
artefacts generated by heavy digital filtering and its impact with regards to
Once the audiocassette tape was in my
possession and over the next 30 minutes to one (1) hour, an examination of the
tape was conducted. This
consisted of a pass using a combination of Sonic Solutions Denoising, multi
frequency filtering and some digital filters and frequency-based compression
from a Penny and Giles PP10 digital processor.
My assessment of what appeared to be said
on the audiocassette tape and I recall the particular section of the tape, which
David was interested in, contained the words: "The swelling is going down" or
words to that effect. The words: .. ."It's going down" were quite clear, however
the balance of that sentence was not, due to the quality of the sound recording.
At the time this assessment was carried
out, to the best of my knowledge, we were basically one of two commercial
business's carrying out this type of work in Brisbane. The other business was
the Police Departments audio forensic unit and I believe some of the
University's also have forensic laboratories.
I believe that in the publication "Not
that I am Poisoned" I
have been quoted as saying that I had performed audio forensic work previously
for the Australian Federal Police. This
is a false statement, as I have never conducted any audio forensic work for
Over the many years that I had been in
business (4 years), being self employed trading as "The Refinerey" and
employment with the ABC, my ex partner and I had worked with some private
investigators who were ex Federal Police, who never directly employed the
I remember making a statement to David
from ISKCON during the course of my assessment of the subject audio cassette
tape that would have implied this to be the case. This
however was in fact incorrect and
I accept responsibility for the inaccuracy. I
had been offered and I had accepted an offer to read the draft copy of "Not
that I am Poisoned" prior to its
publication. However, I
did not receive and I was not given the opportunity to peruse the draft copy,
otherwise this error would have been amended prior to publication.
It is something that I regret immensely,
but due to my emotional and mental state at the time, caused as a result of the
pressures of being faced with losing everything. This was due to a situation
caused by an ex partner, after I had spent years of building what has been
recognised in the music industry as an extremely qualified business, I was
highly unstable. A fact that can be verified by others unfortunately.
Beyond what I have previously stated, my
recollections of this particular job are extremely vague, due to the fact as
already mentioned. I was in the middle of trying to save my business from going
under and was under immense mental and emotional pressure.
I was asked by David whether I would be
comfortable with being quoted in a book that was soon to be published, which I
now know as "Not that I am
Poisoned" and it was agreed that
I would be willing to be quoted. This was on the provision that I was given to
the opportunity to check the details of the article before it was published.
With regards to my credentials, I
have no official training in forensic audio studies. I have worked on
numerous audio enhancement type projects during the course of running my own
business over the past years. I have been approached and asked on many occasions
to appear as an "Expert Witness," if it were necessary. On
all occasions I have declined, as I realize that while I have a fair amount of
practical experience, I am in no way qualified to speak as a qualified expert
witness, due to the lack of certified accreditation.
I apologise to all concerned with this
issue and hope that the truth will some day be ascertained. I
have read this statement that has been compiled from information I have freely
provided and consisting of four pages. The contents are true and correct to the
best of my knowledge and belief.
Signed: David James Neil