Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Dr Alexandrov: Dr Broadbridge slashed with kitchen knife

An autopsy has shown that 79-year-old Claire Broadbridge was stabbed twice, most likely with a kitchen knife, before her throat was slashed.

The autopsy was performed at the Forensic Science Center on Monday by Forensic Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.

The two stab wounds, the post mortem revealed, were "superficial" as they were only centimeters deep.

They were discovered on the woman's chest and neck, indicating that she was facing her attacker at the time.

The mortal wound was when the knife was used to slash Broadbridge's throat. Due to the angle of the wound, it was determined that the 79-year-old woman would have been on the ground already when this occurred.

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Alexandrov told police that in his professional opinion, the wound would have most likely have been caused by a kitchen knife.

Broadbridge was killed on Saturday evening.

Her body was discovered in the bedroom of her St Ann's home.

An attempt had been made to burn down the building by setting a fire in the living room of the house - located on the ground floor - however, this was quickly contained by responding fire officers.

No one has yet been held for her killing.

More on this as it becomes available.