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Published: 08:00, 04 April 2014 |
Updated: 10:35, 04 April 2014
A pensioner died from injuries normally seen in a high-speed road traffic crash, a murder jury has heard today.
Harjit Chaggar, 69, suffered three blows to her head from a blunt instrument - and numerous fractures to her ribs and blows that severed her spinal chord.
Expert pathologist Dr Nathaniel Carey told Canterbury Crown Court that in his opinion Mrs Chaggar had died "in close proximity to when she had been last seen alive".
"The injuries to her chest were quite unusual for someone (dying) in shop premises because they were injuries normally associated with a fall from a height or in a high speed road traffic collision."
"She would have been in severe pain and died within some hours of eating her last known meal at the day care centre. She lived no more than six hours after receiving her injuries."
Earlier, forensic scientist Andrew Parry told the jury how Mrs Chaggar's blood had been found on trainers worn by Mohammed Islam.
But he added: "My findings are in keeping with the actions of Mohammed Islam who states that he removed a (black plastic) bag from the deceased that was heavily soaked with blood, had taken it to the wheely bin and then returned it to the cellar."
The trial continues.
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