Wounds caused by the 'struggle between us'
Published 23/01/2010 | 05:00
EAMONN Lillis outlined detailed explanations on how his wife came to receive three lacerations to her head at their family home.
Deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis has told how the first blow knocked Celine Cawley to the ground, while the second and third were inflicted as she lay motionless.
The principal cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, while the 46-year-old bled profusely from the three lacerations to her skull.
Yesterday, Mr Lillis, under cross-examination from the prosecution, gave an explanation for how she received three lacerations to the scalp. He said the three lacerations outlined in the pathologist's evidence were "caused by the struggle between us" when they had the row.
The first was attributed to when his wife fell, as he saw her rubbing the back of her head as she stood up. He had not seen her fall, he said. The second may have occurred as he pushed her toward the window, Mr Lillis said.
And, the final cut may have been caused as her head turned from side to side as she bit down on his finger whilst on the ground, or else when they both lost balance and fell during their tussle, he said.
Mary Ellen Ring, prosecuting, asked whether he had used such force when he turned her head that it could have caused a laceration.
"I didn't use that much force on her," he said.