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A HOME Office pathologist has outlined more than 50 injuries he found when he examined the head, face and body of murdered Rugby woman Gemma Hayter.
And pathologist Alexander Kolar, who carried out the post mortem on Gemma, said she had died from the blockage of her airways by blood as a result of ‘severe facial trauma.’
He was giving evidence in the trial at Warwick Crown Court of five young people who have pleaded not guilty to murdering 27-year-old Gemma on August 9 last year.
Chantelle Booth, 22, and Daniel Newstead, 20, both of Old Works Court, Little Pennington Street, Rugby, together with Joe Boyer, 18, and Jessica Lynas, 18, also of Old Works Court, and Duncan Edwards, 19, of Ashwood Court, Rounds Gardens, have also denied assaulting Gemma just hours earlier.
The vulnerable 27-year-old’s naked and badly-beaten body was found on a disused railway line between Hillmorton Road and Pytchley Road in Rugby at around 5.30 in the morning, and Mr Kolar told the jury he attended the scene.
With the aid of diagrams, Mr Kolas described a total of 55 external injuries including 17 to her face head and neck which included widespread and extensive bruising, areas of grazing, cuts and evidence of a broken nose.
Most of the bruising had been caused within hours before her death, with the shape of some of them indicating she had been struck with ‘a rod or something like that.’
She had also been stabbed to her upper back near her shoulder blade, with the single-edged weapon going in to a depth of 1.4cm, with a smaller ‘nick’ next to it.
An internal examination showed significant impact to Gemma’s nose and there was internal bruising to her face.
Of her respiratory system, Mr Kolar said there was a quantity of blood in the mouth which he said would stop the respiratory system from working.
He acknowledged there was a suggestion a plastic bag had been put over Gemma’s head, but added: “I give the cause of death as occlusion of the internal airway by aspirated blood following severe facial trauma.”