Pathologist tells Grace Millane murder trial she was strangled and held down with force
Added 11-12-19 02:36:03am EST - “Forensic pathologist Dr Simon Stables said a deep internal bruise on Grace Millane's neck and others on her chest and arms suggest she was pinned down with force before she died in Auckland.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Murdered British backpacker Grace Millane was held down with force and strangled for up to five minutes on the night she died, a court heard today.
Forensic pathologist Dr Simon Stables said a deep internal bruise on the 22-year-old's neck and others on her chest and arms suggest she was pinned down with considerable force.
He told jurors at Auckland's High Court her alleged killer's claims that she died during consensual 'rough' sex were the first of their kind he had come across in New Zealand.
Dr Stables said: 'From my point of view it is incredibly rare. I have never heard of another case.... in New Zealand.'
The defendant, 27, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says Grace, from Wickford, Essex, died accidentally after she asked him to choke her during a Tinder date at his apartment last December.
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