Vic­tim suf­fered nu­mer­ous stab wounds.

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

A Hal­i­fax jury heard Kristin John­ston suf­fered more than a dozen in­juries, in­clud­ing 10 wounds to her neck as well as dam­age to her hands.

Det.-Const. Michael Bark­house took the stand at the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der trial of Ni­cholas Butcher on Mon­day, and iden­ti­fied a num­ber of in­juries on John­ston’s body, most of them on her neck.

She also had mul­ti­ple wounds on her hands and fin­gers.

The trial has heard that po­lice found the body of the Mon­tre­al­born yoga in­struc­tor in­side the mas­ter bed­room of her Hal­i­faxarea home on a blood-soaked bed next to a steak knife on March 26, 2016.

Po­lice said they went to the scene af­ter a fran­tic Butcher called 911 and told them he had killed his girl­friend and had cut off his hand.

Crown at­tor­ney Tanya Carter gave Bark­house sev­eral pic­tures and asked him to iden­tify jew­elry and cloth­ing worn by John­ston when she was found dead.

Those items in­cluded a belly ring, neck­lace, bracelets, an eye­brow ring, a pair of yoga pants and a top.

“There’s a top that is fairly sat­u­rated in blood,’’ tes­ti­fied Bark­house, of Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice.

Ot­tawa-based RCMP foren­sic tox­i­col­o­gist Christo­pher Keddy tes­ti­fied that al­co­hol was the only drug found in John­ston’s sys­tem at the time of her death.

Keddy said the 32-year-old woman’s blood-al­co­hol level was about dou­ble the le­gal limit for driv­ing.

He said some­one with that level of in­tox­i­ca­tion could have im­paired judg­ment and a de­creased abil­ity to as­sess risk but may not be show­ing out­ward signs of im­pair­ment.

Also Mon­day, Det. Const. Randy Wood told the 14-mem­ber Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court jury that an Ap­ple com­puter and cell­phone were seized from the Pur­cells Cove house.

He also said po­lice wanted to test if the mitre saw — which was found in the mas­ter bed­room next to a sev­ered hand — to see if it worked, and they con­firmed it did.

The jury has heard that the busi­ness­woman had just shut down her yoga stu­dio and was end­ing her re­la­tion­ship with Butcher.

The Crown has said the med­i­cal ex­am­iner will tes­tify that her death was caused by sharp force.

The 36-year-old Butcher, an un­em­ployed law school grad­u­ate, has pleaded not guilty.

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