COURT: Mother breaks down as expert tells jury terrible details of Ross's death

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ROSS Parker bled to death following an horrific attack, in which he was stabbed three times with a large knife, a court heard.

ROSS Parker bled to death following an horrific attack, in which he was stabbed three times with a large knife, a court heard.ROSS Parker bled to death following an horrific attack, in which he was stabbed three times with a large knife, a court heard.

Ross's mother, Davinia, broke down as Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Cary described the violent cause of her son's death.

Dr Cary told Northampton Crown Court that one of the thrusts of the knife had severed a "significant vein" in Ross's neck.

He said the knife had entered at the back of the teenager's head and been "forced downwards" until it exited at the front of his neck.

Dr Cary said the knife had also been plunged into Ross's right shoulder, severing another vein which carried blood to the right arm.

The pathologist said he had indentified a stab wound to Ross's left shoulder. Dr Cary said the knife had passed through his left chest muscle and came out through the skin on his chest.

All three wounds were about six to seven inches long, the court heard.

A further "cutting and stabbing" wound, discovered on the back of Ross's left hand, suggested he had tried to defend himself, Dr Cary said.

Dr Cary, who carried out a post-mortem on Ross's body just hours after his death on September 21 last year, said: "Given the size of the stab wounds and the involvement of substantial veins in the region of the upper half of the body, the immediate cause of death would have come from blood loss."

Dr Cary said embolism the drawing in of air into severed veins, causing the heart to function abnormally could also have been a cause of death.

The jury heard that Dr Cary was called to the scene of the killing on a cycle way, off Bour- ges Boulevard, at 4am about three hours after the attack.

Dr Cary said he found a "large amount of blood" beneath Ross's body, suggesting the attack had happened at that spot.

During a post-mortem the next day, Dr Cary discovered Ross had bruising and grazes to his face, head and body.

He said the stab wound to the back of Ross's head had been made by a "sharp weapon", which had entered at "quite a steep angle".

The wound in Ross's right shoulder indicated the knife had a sharp and serrated edge, Dr Cary said.

Prosecuting, Stephen Coward QC asked Dr Cary about the nature of the weapon which caused the stab wounds.

Dr Cary said: "My examination showed that this blade was broad at the depth of the wound quite unusually wide.

"This is a wide blade, long enough to not only go into the body, but to come out again."

Dr Cary said that because of the sharpness and size of the weapon only "moderate force" would have been needed to inflict the injuries on Ross.

Referring to the wound on the back Ross's left hand, Dr Cary added: "It would be more common to see these types of injuries on the palms and be- tween the fingers and thumbs.

"In this case, we know there are two stab wounds in the shoulder regions and one at the back of the neck, so it is possible that the hand has come up and got into the pathway of the blade, so the back of the hand has been affected."

Dr Cary said he could not be certain if Ross's attacker had been standing behind, in front or to the side of him.

Wounds matched hammer head

MARKS found on Ross's body indicated he had been struck with a metal hammer identical to the one found in Shaied Nazir's shed.

Northampton Crown Court has previously heard how the hammer was discovered during a search of the shed at Nazir's home at 122 Cromwell Road.

The court heard Ross had several injuries to his chest and leg which matched the head of a hammer.

Dr Cary said the hammer head was distinctive because it had a metal rim which would produce a circular mark on the skin.

Holding the hammer, Dr Cary said: "I can't say it is this hammer. All I can say is it was either this hammer, or a very similar hammer.

"It is a matter of observation that objects with this shape are unusual."