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Multiple Waipouri injuries described

Fri 15 Jun 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

1.15PM: Some of the many injuries sustained by gay man Stanley Waipouri may have been sustained after he was dead, according to evidence presented by a pathologist in the Palmerston North district court today. Injuries sustained before or after the death of the gay Palmerston North man included fractured skull and facial bones, damage to his nipples, deep bruising to the body and limbs, fractured ribs, evidence of multiple blows to the head, face and neck, possible evidence of strangulation, and a cut across his penis. The pathologist also described injuries around Waipouri's eyes as well as lacerations around the outside and inside of his mouth. Additionally, the pathologist says, some injuries could have ben sustained after Waipouri was dead. He may have survived the attack for up to an hour Ashley Arnopp and Andre Gilling, both in their early 20s, have just been committed for trial with defence lawyers admitting there is prima facie case to answer. Injuries to Waipouri's head and face were so severe that the pathologist who examined his body, which was found in a Palmerston North house on December 23rd, 2006, was unable to reliably count the number of blows he received. Images presented in court of Waipouri's injuries have been suppressed, as has some police evidence.     Ref: (j)

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First published: Friday, 15th June 2007 - 12:00pm

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