A PATHOLOGIST has revealed his ‘favoured view’ is that a murder-accused man stabbed his victim deliberately.
Dr Nicholas Hunt carried out a post-mortem examination on 21-year-old Danny Jones, a trainee accountant from Chirk, who died from a single stab wound on April 24. Dr Hunt told Birmingham Crown Court this was the most likely cause of the dad-of-one’s fatal injury.
Richard Reece, 19, stands accused of murder but denies the charge.
The defence suggest Mr Jones fell on to the weapon, which Reece, also a young dad, from Oswestry, produced following a fight between the pair.
Dr Hunt said: “It’s difficult not to be influenced by past experience but that would lead me to favour a deliberate act. But that doesn’t exclude the alternative entirely.”
During the post mortem carried out on April 25, Dr Hunt recorded the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen. The wound was 3cm long and 20cm deep, indicating up to half of the blade, which was 4cm at its widest point and 30cm long, entered Mr Jones body.
Dr Hunt categorised the degree of force as moderate, as opposed to mild or severe, and compared it to the sort of force you would use to ‘knock a nail into a soft wood like pine’. But he also agreed with Rachel Brand QC, defending, that the injury could have been caused by Mr Jones falling on to the blade, if it had been held relatively firmly by Reece.
She suggested: “You can’t say which occurred.”
He replied: “Not with any degree of certainty”.
He agreed it could have been a combination of both.
Numerous bruises and abrasions were also found on Mr Jones’ face, hands and limbs, which Dr Hunt confirmed were consistent with him having been in a fight.
Jack Jones, who was on the recreation ground at the top of Lord Street when the fight happened, witnessed Danny Jones’ injuries first hand.
In police interview, which was played in court, he said: “I went over to see if he was alright and saw a big gash in his belly. It had a jagged edge, looked about one or two inches wide and quite deep.
“He was lying there motionless.”
Jack Jones claimed he saw Ricky ‘jab’ at Danny Jones with the weapon, which he thought was a pipe, twice. The first time missed him but the second time made contact.
“Danny had shouted ‘go on then, do it’ or something like that when he saw it in his hand and was getting in his face,” he added.
“It looked as if he was stabbing him, like a lunge motion at his belly.
“Danny kept punching Ricky but then he just dropped,” he said.
Another young witness, 14-year-old Alfie Wilcock, also reported seeing Reece swing at Danny Jones with the weapon twice and backed claims Reece had previously picked up a brick from a crumbling wall and thrown it at Danny Jones while being chased by him.
However, Rachel Brand QC, defending, claimed the witnesses’ inability to identify the weapon as a large knife or sword highlighted their distance from the incident and confirmed Jack Jones did not actually see a knife, or the weapon go in to Danny Jones’ body.