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Body bite matches accused.


ONE of the 50 injuries on the battered body of a dead woman was a human bite mark, a double murder trial heard yesterday.

Forensic odontologist Douglas Sheasby said the bite on Bernadette Johnstone's thigh matched a cast taken of the accused's mouth.

Asked about the level of force used Mr Sheasby said it would have been moderate to severe.

Gerald McLeish, 21, of Cranhill in Glasgow, denies murdering Ms Johnstone, 39, also of Cranhill, and her nephew John Park, 25, with a hammer. He also denies raping Mrs Johnstone at John's 15th floor flat on August 30 or 31 last year.

McLeish has lodged special defences of self defence in relation to the murder charges, and consent for the rape.

Mr Sheasby told the high court in Glasgow that McLeish has no upper front teeth, which matches the wound.

Mrs Johnstone's body was found under a settee in the flat and Mr Park's body under a bed.

The trial continues.


DEAD: Bernadette
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2007
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