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Isabelle Sanders murder: Trial hears of accused's injuries

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Image caption Isabelle Sanders died in an attack in her home in Crookston in April

A man accused of murdering a woman in her Glasgow home and stabbing her 86-year-old partner had injuries to his hands and legs, a court has heard.

Police surgeon Dr Kamran Ahmed said he examined Paul McManus about 40 hours after Isabelle Sanders, 51, died and Norman Busby was stabbed three times.

He said the 19-year-old had multiple abrasions to the front of his lower right leg and small cuts to both hands.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Mr McManus denies all charges.

He is accused of murdering Ms Sanders and attempting to murder Mr Busby at their home in Crookston on 9 April.

Giving evidence, Dr Ahmed told advocate depute Bruce Erroch, prosecuting, that he examined Mr McManus at the medical centre in Helen Street police station in Glasgow.

Multiple abrasions

He said the accused had multiple abrasions to the front of his lower right leg which he attributed to running through some bushes.

Dr Ahmed said that Mr McManus also had small cuts to both hands. He was asked by Mr Erroch how old these could be and said: "Anything between one day and seven days."

Dr Ahmed said one injury to Mr McManus's right hand, on the middle finger, could have been three to four days old.

He was asked by Mr Erroch: "Could that have bled at some point," and he replied: "It is possible."

Under cross-examination by defence advocate Tony Lenehan, Dr Ahmed was asked: "That wound to the finger is not linked to the incident in Crookston, 40 hours previously if you say it is three to four days old," and he replied: "No."

But, the doctor said, when asked by Mr Erroch if the injury could have been earlier than three to four days old: "It's possible. It's not an exact science."

The trial before judge Lord Armstrong continues.

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