Pathologist testifies in Maynard murder trial

COURT TODAY BLOCKArthur Chadderton died from haemorrhagic shock as a result of suffering multiple gunshot wounds while his son-in-law, Gerhard Stock, died of similar complications after a single gunshot to the chest.

Pathologist Corinthia Dupuis, who performed a post-mortem on both men, was among four witnesses who gave evidence today when the double-murder trial of 41-year-old Deon DaCosta Maynard continued in the No. 5 Supreme Court.

Maynard is accused of murdering Chadderton and Stock on August 2, 2011. Both men were shot at Chadderton’s home in Salters, St. George. At the time, Stock and his family were vacationing in Barbados.

Justice Jacqueline Cornelius is presiding over the case.

Dupuis told the court she examined Chadderton’s body on August 4 and Stock’s four days later. The doctor said she found eight wounds on Chadderton; there were three entry wounds and three corresponding exit wounds.

The deceased was shot in the abdomen and that bullet was retrieved and handed over to police. There was also a shot below the edge of his lower lip which exited at the left side of the neck, along with another shot to the left hip which exited at another part of the same hip.

The elderly man also had a star-shaped exit wound in his back, in the area of his left shoulder. Dupuis also mentioned internal perforations, a few lacerations and the discovery of blood in certain cavities.

In relation to Stock, the doctor testified that after examining the body of the middle-aged man, she concluded that he died from the gunshot which entered his left chest wall, ruptured his diaphragm, perforated his stomach, passed through his liver, exiting to the right  and coming out between the eighth and ninth ribs on his right side.

There was “massive haemorrhaging of the chest and abdomen,” Dupuis recalled.

The bullet further fractured the lower edge of the sixth rib and perforated the anterior wall of the stomach. Stock’s body also had lacerations to both knees, the liver and the edge of the spleen.

Dr Ermine Belle, a psychiatrist, also testified today of examining accused Maynard on September 3, 2011, in an effort to determine his fitness to plead and to instruct his attorney.

Belle described the accused as coherent, well-spoken, having the ability to assess the situation and one who gave appropriate answers. There were no signs of impaired judgement or psychological illness. She therefore considered him fit to plead.

Neither the pathologist nor psychiatrist was cross-examined by Maynard who is defending himself.

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