Pathologist details beheaded teen's brutal injuries

2016-02-16 17:12


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Cape Town – A pathologist on Tuesday described the brutal injuries of a 15-year-old Ravensmead boy whose body and head were found in separate locations in 2013.

Dr Bronwyn Abrahams was testifying in the Western Cape High Court trial of Aljar Swartz, accused of killing Lee Adams.

After conducting a post-mortem on October 21 2013, she concluded that Adams had died due to sharp-force trauma to the neck.

"The head was noted to be traumatically transected from the body. The wound at the bottom of the head had jagged soft tissue edges," she stated in her medical report, handed in as evidence.

"Stab wounds, bruises and abrasions were noted to the face and neck..."

A security guard found the boy's body in an abandoned school. The head was later found in a shallow grave in the accused's yard.

Three knives of different sizes lay on a table in front of prosecutor Carine Theunissen.

She asked Abrahams whether any of the exhibits could have been used to inflict the type of injuries she saw.

The pathologist replied that the machete could be ruled out. 

She could not rule out the two smaller knives with pointed blades and small width.

The trial was postponed until Wednesday.

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