Court hears of murder victims injuries

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MURDER victim Ian Mark Smith suffered more than 30 separate injuries, a court heard today (Thurs).

Mr Smith, 22, of Boycott Way, South Elmsall, died from head injuries after being attacked on Barnsley Road on February 19. Leeds Crown Court heard today how he had around 16 injuries, including several fractured bones, cuts, and bruises to his head and face alone.

Forensic pathologist Dr Peter Cooper told the court how four of the external injuries formed a line over and below his right ear, and that it was likely that these injuries were caused by a forceful blow from an object such as a baseball bat.

Dr Cooper told the court that these injuries were likely to have been the cause of Mr Smith’s death after they led to a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage - a bleeding on the membrane of the brain.

Dr also said some of the cuts and bruises on Mr Smith’s arms and forearms could have been caused by him defending himself and warding off blows from his attackers.

John Dean Richardson, 44, of Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, Neil Brown, 29, and Bradley Jake Parkin, 22, both of Mallard Mews, South Elmsall, and Liam Mark Ackroyd, 22, of Bell Lane, Ackworth, all deny murder and violent disorder. John Simon Richardson, 23, of Kinsley House Crescent, Fitzwilliam, pleaded guilty to murder on Thursday. The trial continues.