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Crim­i­nal pathol­o­gist Dr Ker­ryann Shearer said that when she ex­am­ined the body of Alex Forbes, an or­na­men­tal knife, which had punc­tured his lungs and gone into his spine, was still in place.

But she said the cause of death was blood loss from a wound to the heart, the High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard.

Adrian Hynd, 51, de­nies mur­der­ing Alex, 25, on Jan­uary 2 by punch­ing and stab­bing him with a knife on the head and body.

The jury heard that Alexander was also stabbed on the ab­domen, but­tocks, lower back and thighs and there were 10 stab wounds on his face, head and neck, some of which were su­per­fi­cial.

Un­der ques­tion­ing by Mark Stewart QC, de­fend­ing, Dr Shearer agreed that some of the wounds could have come from the sharp points on the or­na­men­tal knife if two peo­ple were rolling about on the floor.

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