Great Yarmouth man could have been dead for up to two or three days before body found, court told
09:55 01 July 2014
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The body of Paulius Jakovlevas, 38, which was found at the bottom of communal stairs at a flat in Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth, could have been dead for two to three days before it was discovered, a Home Office pathologist told a jury
The body of Paulius Jakovlevas, 38, was found at the bottom of communal stairs at a flat in Wellesley Road, in the early hours of November 11, last year.
The jury at Norwich Crown Court heard that Mr Jacovlevas had been drinking with four men when an argument started over his tattoo and he was beaten to death and his body later dumped at the bottom of the stairs.
Kestutis Sliogeris, 40, of Cromwell Road, Peterborough, Saidas Janulevicius, 35, of no fixed address, Algirdas Pocius, 47, of Wellington Road, Great Yarmouth, and Mantas Staponka, 24, of no fixed address, have all denied murder.
Sliogeris has also denied a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Giving evidence, pathologist Dr Benjamin Swift, told a jury that the badly beaten body of Mr Jakovlevas had been lying face down for a period of time after death and estimated that he had been dead two or three days prior to his body being discovered.
Dr Swift said: “He had been lying on his front previously until he was moved into the position he was discovered in. He died two or three days prior to his body being discovered by the stairs.”
Dr Swift said there was multiple bruising and scratches to the body of Mr Jakovlevas, including cuts which could have been inflicted with a bladed weapon.
He had a fractured nose, several fratured ribs and fractured eye sockets, but he said the cause of death was due to a severe head injury.
Dr Swift said that despite his injuries Mr Jacovlevas would not have died instantly.
“Death would not be rapid. There was a period of survival up to a few hours after the assault, before he died from his injuries.”
The trial continues.