Pathologist: Dead teen had fractured feet, multiple lacerations

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The pathology report by Dr Lester Simon highlighted that both of Jael Thomas’ feet were fractured and she had a significantly deep injury on her left foot from which she bled to death.
Dr Simon, who conducted the autopsy, was called upon yesterday to testify at the High Court trial of 70-year-old Millicent Cornwall-Roberts, the grandmother accused of murdering Thomas between September 21 and 22 in 2014.
“The autopsy showed a fracture subjacent to the laceration on the left foot … the radiology examination showed a fracture on the right foot,” Dr Simon told the jury.
He explained that the 18-year-old victim had a number of bruises; lacerations or cuts on her scalp, thigh and foot; and she died as a result of haemorrhagic shock.
“This was due to a laceration to the left foot … this means the supply of blood was insufficient to meet the demands of the body,” he explained.
Dr Simon said he noticed the mucous membranes were pale, there were lacerations and haematoma to both ears and a small haematoma to the front scalp area.
The doctor said the organs in the victim’s chest and abdomen were pale.
Dr Cleofoster Beazer, who examined the body on the scene at Cornwall-Roberts’ All Saints home on the morning of September 22, 2014, said he observed multiple lacerations on the body and multiple welts. He also testified that he saw one ear had a “perforation” or hole that “went through and through”.
Meanwhile, a neighbour who testified, told the court she was on the phone with the dead girl’s mother and she overheard the grandmother making a derogatory statement about the incident.
She said this was the same morning when it was discovered the child was dead following the alleged beating by the grandmother.
 
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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