20 face and neck injuries of alleged city murder victim
A PATHOLOGIST has detailed the horrific injuries suffered by a 49-yearold man before he died on the floor of his Coventry flat.
Dr Alexander Kolar told jurors that Michael Carrielies suffered 20 separate injuries to his face and neck alone during the assault that led to his death last November.
Jason O’Brien, 39, of Crescent Avenue, Stoke, admits fighting with Mr Carrielies but denies murder, claiming he struck out in self defence.
On the third day of his trial Home Office pathologist Dr Kolar said a number of the injuries suffered by Mr Carrielies were as a result of stamping.
Dr Kolar said that there had been a “significant number” of blows to Mr Carrielies neck and face.
“It’s difficult to be precise,” he said. “But looking purely at external features there is one to the forehead region, a second to the mid-part of the face and another to the left side of the ear region.
“Depending on the precise mechanism of injuries to the neck that’s going to increase the number of impacts as well.
“The problem is there is so much bruising and swelling it’s difficult to be precise about what actually happened in terms of the number of impacts.”
Mr Carrielies was found on the floor of his flat in Meadow House, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, at 11am on November 28. He had been out drinking with O’Brien the night before but returned to his flat alone in the early hours of the morning.
O’Brien followed a short while later and the pair came to blows. O’Brien then put Mr Carrielies in the recovery position and removed all his clothes.
He left and returned to the flat a few hours later when he alerted police and paramedics, saying “I have killed him, I did not mean to murder him, I put him in the recovery position”.
Dr Kolar told jurors that when he started the post mortem examination he tried to check Mr Carrielies eyes – but they could not be opened because the swelling was so bad.
Describing some of the other injuries to Mr Carrielies face he said: “The first injury, which has multiple lines and patterning, is quite characteristic of a footwear impression that occurs from a stamp or stomp like action.
“They cannot occur by chance. The only real situation where such clear lines occur is when there is an almost straight down movement to the surface of the skin.”
He added: “It’s going to be a reasonably heavy impact.”
The trial continues.
Meadow House in Spon End, where Michael Carrielies was found dead ion the floor of his flat