LiveLIVE: Angelo Rodrigues murder trial - day two

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  • Two people accused of murdering Bournemouth man Angelo Rodrigues are standing trial at Winchester Crown Court.
  • The 44-year-old died of multiple stab wounds following an incident at his flat in Coleman Road, West Howe on July 27, 2012.
  • Tracy Mansell, 56, of Coleman Road, West Howe and James Kinsley, 40, of Hinton Road, Bournemouth, deny murdering Mr Rodrigues.
  • The case is being prosecuted by Graham Reeds QC.
  • Kinsley is represented by Peter Birkett QC and Mansell by Mark Heyward QC.


Court finishes for the day.


Rosalyn Hammond has finished giving evidence.


Rosalyn Hammond - there was no evidence of attack in the lounge.

She said she couldn't rule out Mr Rodrigues sustained some injury at the front door but she found no positive indication of that.


Rosalyn Hammond: "Mr Rodrigues sustained serious bleeding injuries in the bedroom and this is based on the fact there was extensive heavy blood staining."

"The injuries which producd the most prolific bleeding were sustained in the bedroom.

"There was evidence that forceful injury was sustained close to the floor and near to the right hand side of the sofa bed. That could have been as a result of punching."

She said it appears Mr Rodrigues appears to have walked from the bedroom to the communal landing and then re-entered the flat. He then went into the lounge and then collapsed.


Rosalyn Hammond: Blood staining was found on a training shoe - caused by blood dripping onto it.

There were bare footprint impressions found in the hallway, together with drips of blood and trails of blood.


Rosalyn Hammond: Violent acts such as punching or kicking can produce splattered blood of the type I have seen.

She said in her opinion the deceased person could have been lying or sitting on the sofa bed after he received serious bleeding injuries.

"If he was held down in that area after he received bleeding injuries then that could have resulted in the blood stains I examined." 


Rosalyn Hammond: In the bedroom the majority of blood staining was on the bedding and carpet. There was also some near the door.

On a pink bottom sheet there were large areas of heavy blood staining and numerous circular staining from drops of blood.


Rosalyn Hammond examined Angelo Rodrigues' flat in Coleman Road, Bournemouth, on July 29, 2012.

Asked to look at pattern of blood staining in bedroom, hall and lounge.



The next witness is forensic scientist Rosalyn Hammond.



Dr Basil Purdue has finished giving his evidence.


Dr Purdue: There were no defensive-type injuries found on Mr Rodrigues' hands or arms.


Dr Purdue: The instrument used to inflict the injuries were "in keeping with a pair of kitchen scissors".

Mr Rodrigues would have fainted from loss of blood after a short while, probably within a few minutes.

There would have been an opportunity for him to walk around while copiously shedding blood.

Death is likely to have happened after a period of time - probably several more minutes.

A fatal outcome may possibly have been prevented by prompt and adequate first aid.


Dr Purdue said the force needed to cause the injuries on the back of the thigh which severed the main artery would have been "moderate to severe" using "pretty vigorous thrusts".


Dr Purdue said the half pair of scissors is consistent with being used to cause the injuries. 

Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC asked whether Dr Purdue thought any other bladed weapon could have been used in the attack.

Dr Purdue replied: "No."


Dr Purdue is now looking at half a pair of scissors with a black handle.


Dr Purdue says the principal injury was a stab entry slit on the back of the right thigh - the one that caused the most damage.

It went straight through the hamstring muscle and severed one of the two great arteries of the thigh.

He said this would have caused "extremely heavy bleeding" and went 15/16cm into the thigh.


Dr Purdue is now detailing the injuries found on Mr Rodrigues' shoulder, hand and forearm.


Jury are now back in court and Dr Basil Purdue will continue his evidence.


Court breaks for lunch. Back at 2pm.


Dr Purdue has described a number of stab entry slits in Mr Rodrigues' armpits, one of which punctured the left lung.


Dr Purdue: The injuries on the head and face includes red grazes on scalp and eyebrows, a tear in the skin on right eyebrow, a right black eye, a point puncture wound below the corner of the mouth, and point scratch cut on the left side of the jaw and at the bottom of the left collar bone. 


Dr Purdue: Created a computer-generated graphic of the injuries found on Mr Rodrigues' body.

Jury are being shown the graphic as Dr Purdue explains the injuries one by one.


Dr Purdue: Gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds.


Dr Purdue: Carried out a post mortem examination on body of Angelo Rodrigues on July 29, 2012, and produced a number of reports.


The first live witness to give evidence is pathologist Dr Basil Purdue.


Good afternoon from Winchester Crown Court.

Day two of the case is about to get underway.



We'll be live blogging from the trial when it starts later today. In the meantime here's yesterday's blog and here is the story from today's paper.

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