A fish cleaner is currently on trial for unlawfully killing Hazel Hinds on July 13, 2006, within the territorial waters of Barbados.
Accused Martin Junior Husbands, 49, has pleaded not guilty before Justice Margaret Reifer in the No. 2 Supreme Court.
Hinds allegedly died after a boat steered by Husbands hit the one he was in, off Crab Hill, St Lucy. The deceased fisherman was from that same address.
In his evidence today, pathologist Dr Stephen Jones said that Hinds died from a broken neck.
Although he saw no eternal injuries when he carried out the post-mortem on Husbands, he later found injury to the spinal column and cord. There was a separation of the bones in one area of the spine as well as a fracture.
“Did you see anything which would suggest that he died from any reason other than the one you stated?” questioned Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Donna Babb-Agard QC.
“No,” the pathologist replied.
Asked about the signs of someone who drowned, Jones stated that there would generally be water in the lungs. He went on to explain that one could also die from “dry-drowning”.
Although not a medical term, Jones explained that in such a case, a person dies in water but, because his or her airways were closed off prior to death, a lack of oxygen would be the cause of death.
He went on to say that a broken neck usually resulted from an “exaggerated whiplash” and required moderate to severe force.
When cross-examined by attorney-at-law Gregory Nicholls, the doctor told the court there was no evidence to suggest that Hinds’ fracture would have come about before his death and he therefore concluded that it occurred before death. Jones added that there was “no basis at all for me to consider dry-drowning.”
Asked if it would have been possible for Hinds to swim after such spinal injuries, Jones replied: “I very much doubt that.”
Accused Husbands is also being represented by attorney-at-law Oliver Thomas while Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney is also appearing on behalf of the Crown.