Head blows ‘near fatal’ before fire

A CHEF dragged unconscious from a fire had already suffered potentially fatal head injuries, a murder trial has heard.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 3rd September 2011, 1:42 pm

Stewart Taylor, 33, suffered a cardiac arrest outside a block of flats in Chalmers Crescent and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Pathologist Dr Ralph Bouhaidar, who carried out a postmortem, said Mr Taylor had received a number of blows to his face and head.

The postmortem revealed a 20cm split in his skull and a smashed cheek, as well as effects of lying in the smoke-filled flat with girlfriend Lynsey Methven, 30.

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Ms Methven, who remembers nothing of the incident on February 7, survived to find she was blind in one eye and had also suffered a skull fracture.

Her ex-boyfriend, builder Frank Moore, 43, denies murder and attempted murder, claiming he was in his house at the time. The trial continues.