20 face and neck in­juries of al­leged city mur­der vic­tim

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - Sam Dimmer Crime re­porter

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

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