Wife's 'eyebrow bitten off, aorta severed by knife'

THE fatal blow which ended the life of Delareece Pearson had come from a knife plunged into the left side of her back passing through her left lung, severing the aorta near her heart and entering her right lung, Toowoomba Supreme Court heard yesterday.

Forensic pathologist Dr Philip Storey, who performed the post mortem examination, told the court he estimated the wound track to be 22.5cm deep and caused massive blood loss.

"The stab wound penetrated through to the chest cavity," he said.

He had found 600ml of blood in each of Mrs Pearson's lungs.

However, under cross examination by defence barrister Julie Sharp, Dr Storey agreed that had the knife missed the aorta and simply gone into the lung, the wound might not have killed Mrs Pearson.

Dr Storey noted Mrs Pearson was 172cm tall and weighed 110kg.

At autopsy, she had part of her right eyebrow missing, another stab wound to her right cheek near her mouth, a cut lip, swelling and bruising to her face, neck, chest and feet and a fractured right eye socket, he said.

Mrs Pearson died on the floor of an Oakey home on the afternoon of June 26, 2011, after an argument with her husband Brian Frederick Pearson, 35.

Brian Pearson has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter, but not guilty to murder.

A number of the couple's friends told the court yesterday of the pair enduring a volatile, on/off relationship which had produced eight children.

Detective Senior Constable Cassia Bateman of Toowoomba CIB told the court of being called to Toowoomba Hospital on April 22, 2011, after Mrs Pearson had given birth to the couple's eighth child earlier that day.

Photographs taken that night of Mrs Pearson and put before the court yesterday showed she had a number of fresh injuries including two black eyes, bruising to her arms and what Det. Snr Const. Bateman said appeared to be a bite mark on her left arm.

The Crown case closed, the jury is expected to hear closing addresses from the prosecution and defence today.


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