Maureen Boyce.
Maureen Boyce.

Socialite's suicide can’t be ruled out, court hears

A SUPREME Court jury has been told socialite Maureen Boyce's gruesome stab wound to the stomach was probably not self-inflicted, but it can't be completely ruled out.

Thomas Lang has pleaded not guilty to murdering the former model, claiming he found her pinned to a bed in her luxury Kangaroo Point penthouse with a knife through her stomach on October 22, 2015 in an apparent suicide.

The prosecution has alleged he killed the 68-year-old in a jealous rage after he realised she would never leave her husband of almost 40 years, and he saw a text message from a third man.

On day eight of Lang's trial in the Supreme Court today, pathologist Dr Beng Beng Ong gave evidence aided by graphic photographs of a 32cm cooking knife embedded in Mrs Boyce's stomach and a mannequin to point to the various injuries.

He said part of the knife's hilt was buried in her stomach and there was evidence of four to five thrusts of the knife.

Prosecutor David Meredith asked Dr Ong if he could say whether it was "more or less likely to be self-inflicted or caused by another person?"

"What we have is an injury where there were two thrusts in one direction and then partial withdrawal ... then a further two to three thrusts in another direction," he replied.

"With that I would probably favour that it's probably caused by a second, different person.

"Having said that I cannot rule out completely that it can be self-inflicted".

The trial continues.



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