Wrexham murder case doctor details 'frenzied knife attack'


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

DETAILS of the 52 knife injuries found on the body of amateur boxer Craig Maddocks were given to a murder trial jury.

Forensic consultant pathologist Dr Brian Rogers told how he conducted a post mortem examination at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on the afternoon of June 26, the day of Mr Maddocks’ death.

The jury at Mold Crown Court was told that Mr Maddocks was found to have 52 incised wounds – three “through and through” injuries which he showed on a body chart went in and out of his limbs.

It was believed one blow continued and penetrated the chest.

The pathologist told how there had been 48 separate knife blade contacts.

He found six deeply penetrative stab wounds, others were shallow puncture wounds.

Two had penetrated the chest and one if not both had entered the heart – causing catastrophic bleeding.

The spinal cord had been all but severed which would have paralysed him from the neck down and he would have been unable to breathe.

The prosecution say that he was subjected to a frenzied attack with a flick knife in toilets at The Cambrian Vaults pub, Wrexham.

Mr Maddocks, 34, from Llay near Wrexham, died of “shock and haemorrhaging” brought on by multiple wounds to the neck and chest.

Francesco John Prevete, 46, of Weale Court, Wrexham, denies murdering Mr Maddocks in the early hours of June 26 last year.

Giving evidence yesterday, the pathologist said that wounds to the back were significant.

One wound had penetrated the liver and the lungs were also damaged.

Other stab wounds were of a fairly shallow depth; although some penetrated the chest, they had not affected the lungs, the heart or any internal organs, he said.

It was a very small knife.

One wound, to the right side of his neck, listed as wound number 50, punctured the jugular vein which would have led to massive external bleeding at the root of the neck.

“This major wound came in from the back and sliced into the jugular vein.

“It caused immediate blood loss, I would say it is catastrophic blood loss.

“It is a fatal injury and if it happens outside a hospital environment it is unlikely to be survivable,” Mr Rogers told the jury.

Another wound to the back of the neck had characteristics of both cutting and stabbing. It was a large slicing injury.

That wound to the back of the neck sliced through the muscles and “to all intents and purposes severed the underlying spinal cord”.

Mr Maddocks would have been paralysed instantly and breathing would stop almost immediately.

“That injury is important because of the damage it has caused,” he explained.

The pathologist said, summing up, there was a serious injury to the heart which caused catastrophic internal bleeding, the penetrating jugular wound causing catastrophic external bleeding, they were combined with liver and lung injuries and probably finally there was the one which all but severed the spinal cord.

The scene suggested that the injury to the jugular may have been one of the earliest injuries inflicted.

The one which severed the spinal cord must have been one of the last, if not the last, because immediately that was inflicted he would have been unable to move from the neck down.

There were other injuries to the arms which were consistent with defensive injuries.

Dr Rogers recorded the cause of death as shock and haemorrhaging as a result of multiple incised wounds to the neck and chest.

The trial is proceeding and is likely to last two weeks.

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