MURDER TRIAL: Giuseppe Miceli suffered multiple head injuries inflicted with “severe force”

Northampton Crown Court.
Northampton Crown Court.

Coin dealer Giuseppe Miceli died after suffering multiple head and facial injuries, most likely inflicted with “severe force” using a mallet, a court has heard.

The 71-year-old was found to have a total of 18 injuries when his body was discovered at his home in Bants Lane, Duston on July 13 last year.

A jury in the murder trial of Mark Ellson heard Mr Miceli suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain, and that “repeated round areas of bruising” on his body pointed to a mallet being used.

Ellson, aged 41, formerly of Wellingborough, denies murder. He sat emotionless as the harrowing details of Mr Miceli’s injuries were disclosed.

Dr Michael Biggs, a forensic pathologist at the University of Leicester, examined Mr Miceli’s body at the crime scene.

Giving evidence at the trial, Dr Biggs said his initial investigations led him to believe Mr Miceli’s death was suspicious.

He said: “I identified a total of 18 injuries, the majority of which were on the top of the head and left side of the face.

“They were not consistent with a fall or a number of falls. Overall, they are typical of blunt force injuries.

“The injuries to the top of the head are suggestive of multiple impacts with an implement.

“This was a 71-year-old male who sustained blunt force injuries, probably from the use of a weapon.”

Dr Biggs told the court a mallet would have been a “very good candidate” for the weapon used, due to the round bruising on Mr Miceli’s body.

A doctor who later examined Mr Miceli’s body said he would have been alive for “several hours” after the attack, the court heard.

The time of his death was estimated between the evening of July 12 and the morning of July 13.

The trial continues.