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Court hears bruising, bleeding, lacerations caused death

A COMBINATION of injuries that led to bruising, bleeding and lacerations on the brain was the cause of death for alleged murder victim Cleveland Clay.

Forensic pathologist Dr Rohan Samarasinghe appeared before Maryborough Supreme Court on Thursday in the fourth day of the trial of Simeon Frederick Blair.

Blair is charged with murdering Mr Clay on April 28, 2012 in a violent attack at the back of Maryborough's Carlton Hotel.

Witnesses who were with the two men on the night have testified Mr Clay fell from a 3.8m high landing before getting up and allegedly being further attacked with a piece of wood by Blair.

Dr Samarasinge performed a post-mortem examination of Clay in the days after his death.

His evidence showed Clay had more than 40 external injuries to his arms, hands, chest and legs, face and head.

The injuries included lacerations, bruises and rectangular-shaped bruising to the left side of the head and to the back.

The bruising on the head coincided with a depressed fracture.

Clay also had a fracture at the base of his skull, which was the result of transferred force, and a depressed fracture on the right side of his skull.

Dr Samarasinge said Mr Clay's fatal injuries were definitely the result of multiple impacts with force, but said a fall could have accounted for at least one of those impacts.

He said lacerations to Clay's left hand were likely defensive wounds.

Other witnesses who appeared before the trial yesterday included staff from hotels across Maryborough, residents of the Carlton Hotel and several police officers.

The court heard hand prints were taken from a beer keg and alcohol containers found at the Carlton as well as the passenger side of a car parked only metres from the alleged place Blair attacked Clay.

Two of the three prints on the car were later identified as Blair's right palm print.

The third print was unable to be identified.

Topics:  maryborough maryborough supreme court murder trial simeon frederick blair



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