FORENSIC experts could not explain what caused the blunt force trauma that contributed to the death of a Wangaratta man after a bloody street brawl in White Street in the early hours of May 20 last year.
The experts gave evidence on the last day of the three day committal hearing of Wangaratta’s Jacob Allan, who has been charged with the murder of Russell Berry.
Dr Gregory Young, forensic pathologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, told the court via videolink the cause of death was due to a complication of head injuries attributed to “more than one application of blunt force trauma”, at least one to each side of the head.
He said another contributing factor was the deceased’s level of intoxication detected in the autopsy, which registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.15, as well as traces of sedatives and anti-depressants
“A combination can all cause a decrease in the amount of breathing or slowing of the respiratory system,” Dr Young said.
He said even with the absence of one of the factors he couldn’t say that death wouldn’t have happened.