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Experts put conflicting theories in Kidderminster murder trial
4:40pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
TWO leading experts in facial surgery have put forward conflicting theories to a murder trial jury at Worcester Crown Court about the injuries sustained by Louise Evans.
The 32-year-old was found dead at the bottom of the stairs at her home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster. Her husband, 35-year-old Alan Evans, denies murder.
The prosecution has suggested she sustained a "blow-out" fracture to her right eye, which could only have been caused by a direct blow and not simply by her falling down the stairs in the early hours of July 10 last year.
Mr Peter Revington, a leading expert based at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, called by the prosecution, supported this. He said the most likely cause lay with the "hydraulic theory", which says the injury can only be caused by a strike getting past the protective bony area around the eye. Such injuries can be caused by a blow directly from "a champagne cork, a squash ball or the knuckle of a fist," he told the jury.
He said the other theory - the "buckling theory" - which indicates force can be transferred from a blow hitting another part of the face outside the eyeball to have the same effect was unlikely to have caused the injury.
The defence was allowed to call its own expert out of turn to group all the medical evidence together. Mr Timothy Martin, a similarly qualified expert based at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, said he could not rule out the buckling theory as being responsible for the injury to Mrs Evans.
He said he had seen similar injuries recently in the course of his work. One was caused by a rugby player hitting his eye with his own knuckle, another by a man with thick-rimmed glasses falling on to a slab and a third by a man walking into a girder.
Jonas Hankin, prosecuting, suggested to him that there were would have been other marks on Mrs Evans' face consistent with a 12-and-a-half stone woman falling down a flight of 12 stairs. Mr Martin said he could not entirely rule out the injury to her eye being due to the buckling theory but a direct blow to the eye was also a possible cause Medical evidence has now concluded.
The trial continues.