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The professor adjusted his spectacles on his face before speaking.

“In most cases like this where the cause of death is due to blunt force trauma as a result of being struck by a firm object such as a fist, crow bar or bat, it can lead to death.’ “However, it is important to remember that blunt force trauma in all autopsies caused as result of a blow to the head may not have been the direct cause of death.

Many head injuries have underlying proximate. There are other factors to consider like infection or previous injuries.’ “A person say, who has been involved in a head trauma with a blunt instrument could die a few days later as a result of pneumonia. In cases like these we would have to rule that the cause of death was due to an infection rather than as a direct blow to the head.’

The next thing to consider is the amount of kinetic energy and where that energy is transferred to. The energy of a moving object travelling at speed will cause more damage than that of a heavier object travelling at a slower speed. The characteristics of that object and the size of the surface area will result in a greater dispersal of energy and the tissue upon impact.’

“Can I ask you then the damage a lead pipe would cause if impacted at the back of the head.’

That would depend on the amount of force and the speed that the lead pipe was travelling at that time.’ The plasticity of the skin around that area too could be a factor to consider because the longer the object stays on the area struck it causes less damage. For example a kick to the chest would cause less damage than say a kick to the ribs or liver which would result in breakages and internal injuries. A blow to the head with a heavy object would cause the shock waves would dissipate far more quickly.’

“Upon your autopsy report Professor what did you deduce as the probable cause of death?’

There was a linear fracture at the back of the head. There was also some swelling, as well as external bleeding from a laceration approximately three inches in length and internal bleeding inside of the cranium. There was damage to the parietal lobe, occipital lobe, and temporal lobe. Death would have occurred a few minutes later.’

“Thank you Professor no further questions.’


“Your witness Mr Humphries.’

Everett thought carefully rubbing his chin as he made his way across towards the professor.’

“Professor in your professional opinion did John Banister have any old head injuries, we have heard that John Banister was an ex rugby player. Could an old head injury sustained whilst playing rugby have caused his death?’

“Yes there was an old fracture wound which may not have seemed serious at that time.’

How old was this facture wound?’

“Well I did some checking when I discovered it and apparently John Banister fractured his scull whilst playing against Gosforth. There was a collision between two player and they clashed heads. Mr Banister had to be carried off the field.

“So he lost consciousness?

“Yes sir,’

He was advised not to play for at least six months.’

“Did he carry out that instruction?’

“It appears not as he had to have five stitches put into another head wound only a month later.

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