Mansfield man died after sustained attack, court told

A Mansfield man who died from stomach injuries after he was assaulted suffered a sustained attack, Nottingham Crown Court has heard.

By Court Reporter
Thursday, 19th June 2014, 2:04 pm
Nottingham Crown COurt.
Nottingham Crown COurt.

Michelle Swift (48) is charged with, but denies murdering her partner Emiel Blankert in December of last year.

Mr Blankert died from a perforated bowel, days after he was taken to King’s Mill Hospital.

Giving evidence today (Thursday 19th June), Home Office pathologist Dr Stuart Hamilton said: “In my opinion there were eight or more blows to Mr Blankert in the form of punches, kicks and stamps.”

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He added that bruising to Mr Blankert’s torso revealed pattern marks from the footwear of his attacker.

The pair had lived in a flat above the shops on Ladybrook Place, on the Ladybrook Estate, and had a ‘volatile relationship’, with witnesses claiming both had attacked each other during their stormy 17-year relationship.

In his opening statement earlier this week, Timothy Spencer QC told the court: ““On 9th December, Michelle Swift assaulted her partner by some means. She delivered significant blunt force injury to his abdomen.

“She may have used some sort of blunt weapon or her foot or feet to deliver one or more kicks or stamps.

“It resulted in serious internal injury in the abdomen, rupturing his bowel.

“There was significant and serious bleeding.

“Neither he or she recognised at the time of infliction just how serious it was.

“By the time he was taken to hospital by ambulance, things had gone too far.

“There was simply too much internal haemorrhaging and he died a few days later.”

The trial continues.