Expert witness takes the stand
CALEB Jarrett sustained 10 stab and slash wounds but the one that pierced his heart killed him.
Forensic pathologist Professor Timothy Lyons, who examined Mr Jarrett’s body, told a Coffs Harbour Supreme Court murder trial this wound had led to bleeding around the heart.
Prof Lyons said Mr Jarrett suffered a stab wound to the upper right side of the abdomen, a stab wound to the left side of the chest below the nipple which entered the heart, a slash wound to the left side of the abdomen, a slash wound to the front right side of the scrotum, a slash wound to the upper inner right thigh, a stab wound below that wound, a slash wound to the inner lower right thigh, and three small superficial stab wounds in the centre of the chest.
A series of photographs showing the extent of Mr Jarrett’s wounds were shown to the jury.
Prof Lyons was shown a lock knife which police had previously sent him for examination and he said ‘this knife could have inflicted those injuries’ on Mr Jarrett.
He also told the court toxicology tests on Mr Jarrett’s body showed a blood alcohol level indicative of ‘a heavy drinking session’ along with the presence of cannabis.
Mr Jarrett had weighed 149kg and was 184cm tall at the time of the post mortem examination.
The 12 jurors were taken on a tour of two sites of interest at Nambucca Head.
Mitchell Anthony Winefield has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Caleb Jarrett.
It was alleged the former Nambucca Heads auto electrician stabbed the 18-year-old multiple times during a dispute in Mann St at Nambucca Heads two years ago.
The trial is in its second week and is expected to last for another two weeks with as many as 30 witnesses called.