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Mum 'probably kicked or punched in face' before she died court hears
2:23pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
TRAGIC mother-of-three Louise Evans, who was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her Kidderminster home, was probably kicked or punched in the face before she died, a court heard.
Forensic pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar told Worcester Crown Court it would be "difficult" to explain the injuries to her face by any other means than direct inflicted blows.
Mrs Evans' husband Alan, 35, is accused of her murder.
Prosecutors allege he assaulted her, before pushing her down the stairs of their home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster and then smothering her.
Dr Kolar raised concerns in his initial report after finding Mrs Evans had a number of injuries to her nose, eyes and mouth, which were not accompanied by the abrasions usually expected if they had been caused by a fall.
It was in the second post mortem that he and two other pathologists found a blow-out fracture to her right eye socket, involving two tiny cracks in the bone - injuries he said would be highly unusual from a fall alone, as that part of the eye was protected.
"It's the type of injury encountered when a blow is struck directly to the eye socket or to the rim around the eye socket," he told the jury.
"It's a very specific injury as it is in keeping with direct trauma to that site, such as when a fist or a kick is put to the eye socket.
"In the totality of injuries to her right eye, it is difficult to explain them by any other means."
The court heard there was no evidence of either a natural or unnatural cause of death and exactly what killed 32-year-old Mrs Evans remained unknown.
Heart and brain specialists Drs Simon Survana and Daniel Du Plessis said their examinations had shown no abnormalities which might explain how she died, while Dr Kolar confirmed he too had found that all her other organs were healthy and at a normal level for a woman of her age.
He told the court that death by smothering usually left no evidence behind, so it could not be proved or disproved but added in the absence of other clear causes of death, it had to be considered.
"When you're presented with a case like this, you expect to find a traumatic injury that might have caused the death," he said. "When you don't find one, you have to start looking at other things.
"One of the options we would consider in that scenario is a smothering-type death."
Evans denies murder.
The trial continues.