Expert responds over injuries

18:59, Feb 20 2013

A pathologist giving evidence at an Invercargill jury trial yesterday said it was not possible that a young boy's injuries resulted from an accident, given the evidence he had heard.

The trial of Aaron Kenneth Charles Howell, 24, continued in the Invercargill District Court yesterday before Judge Kevin Phillips. He faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard for the boy's safety. The Crown alleges Howell assaulted the boy in his bedroom at Otahuti on May 29, 2009, causing his brain to bleed.

Defence lawyer Hugo Young said Howell told police he found the boy lying face down in the corner of the bedroom.

Mr Young asked pathologist Dr Martin Sage if it was reasonably possible the boy's injuries could have resulted from an accident.

Dr Sage said, given the circumstantial evidence given throughout the case, the answer was no.

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