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Carlisle murder trial jury shown bloody crime scene photos

Horrific photographs showing blood splattered across walls and running down surfaces have been displayed to a court.

Carlisle murder trial photo
The property in Etterby Lea Road

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The jury in the trial of Jamie Armstrong was taken through the crime scene by forensic scientist Penelope Griffiths.

The eight women and four men are into the seventh day of evidence at Carlisle Crown Court.

Mrs Griffiths explained how she had examined blood-spatter evidence found at the semi-detached house in Etterby Lea Road, Stanwix, Carlisle, where the body of 23-year-old Luke Hollingsworth was discovered in July last year.

Mrs Griffiths discussed the different types of blood spatter, ranging from the “passive drops” which had fallen from someone bleeding, to the streaks and spatters across walls which were “cast off”.

Photographs showed the disrupted kitchen and blood stains on the key in the back door and on the kitchen blind cords.

The court heard how there is no argument that the blood on the window blinds and back door key belongs to 21-year-old Armstrong.

Elsewhere in the kitchen were two blood-stained towels. “There was a green towel, which was extremely stained with blood on both sides,” Mrs Griffiths explained. “The DNA profile was a full match to Jamie Armstrong.”

The majority of the blood-spatter evidence focused around the bathroom, where Mr Hollingsworth’s girlfriend had discovered him dead with Armstrong face down beside him.

Photographs showed blood pooling in the bottom of the bath and smeared across almost every surface.

Mrs Griffiths spent several hours explaining who each set of blood could belong to. She particularly focused on the wall beside the toilet and the back of the toilet door, where a large “contact blood stain” shows someone slumping against the door and wall, before sliding down onto the toilet. The court heard that this blood belonged to Mr Hollingsworth.

Two items of blood-soaked clothing belonging to Armstrong, who was found topless, were also shown to the jury.

Both items – an Armani sweatshirt and white Adidas T-shirt – were found to have DNA belonging to both the defendant and the victim.

However, Mrs Griffiths said it was difficult to read too much into this because the T-shirt had been discovered on the blood-soaked floor of the bathroom, while the sweatshirt had been sent to forensic scientists by the pathologist as it had been transported with Mr Hollingsworth’s body.

Armstrong denies murder. The trial continues.


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