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Elder homicide by unique combination of different mechanisms of asphyxia.

Pramanik P - Int J Appl Basic Med Res (2015 Jan-Apr)

Bottom Line: Elder homicide is a fatal outcome of elder abuse and neglect.Multifactorial homicidal asphyxia in an elderly man by combination of three different mechanisms is an uncommon incident.This following case demonstrates a very unusual murder of 74-year-old man in his own residence.

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Affiliation: Department of Legal Medicine, Ministry of National Security, Jamaica.

ABSTRACT
Elder homicide is a fatal outcome of elder abuse and neglect. Multifactorial homicidal asphyxia in an elderly man by combination of three different mechanisms is an uncommon incident. This following case demonstrates a very unusual murder of 74-year-old man in his own residence. Crime scene visit and postmortem examination revealed that the victim was killed by combined effect of ligature strangulation, traumatic asphyxia and smothering by plastic bag.

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Mentions: At autopsy, postmortem hypostasis was found on the anterior aspect of the body due to semi prone position of the body. Early putrefactive changes like greenish discoloration over abdomen and marbling on the shoulder were found over body. Intense violaceous congestion was present on the face, neck, shoulders and chest. Mouth, lips, tongue were cyanosed, black in color. Horizontally placed three abrasions were present on the right and left side of chest and on the right abdomen of sizes 2.5 cm × 1 cm, 3.5 cm × 1 cm and 3 cm × 1 cm respectively. Multiple abrasions were present over front of both knees sizes ranging from 1-2.5 cm × 0.5-1.5 cm. Two black colored bruises of sizes 3 cm × 2 cm and 1 cm × 1 cm were present on the left side of the forehead with periorbital hematoma and right side of the face respectively. A ligature mark was present around the front, left and right side of the upper third of neck with knot mark underneath chin. The ligature mark was 13 cm in length transversely. It was 0.5-1 cm in breadth above downwards. The mark extended upward and backward and was faint on the back of the neck [Figure 2]. Three crescentic nail pressure abrasions were found over upper back sizes ranging from 1-2 cm × 1-2 cm.


Elder homicide by unique combination of different mechanisms of asphyxia.

Pramanik P - Int J Appl Basic Med Res (2015 Jan-Apr)

Intense congestion over face, chest and ligature mark on the neck with prominent knot mark on the front of the neck and below chin
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4318105&req=5

Figure 2: Intense congestion over face, chest and ligature mark on the neck with prominent knot mark on the front of the neck and below chin
Mentions: At autopsy, postmortem hypostasis was found on the anterior aspect of the body due to semi prone position of the body. Early putrefactive changes like greenish discoloration over abdomen and marbling on the shoulder were found over body. Intense violaceous congestion was present on the face, neck, shoulders and chest. Mouth, lips, tongue were cyanosed, black in color. Horizontally placed three abrasions were present on the right and left side of chest and on the right abdomen of sizes 2.5 cm × 1 cm, 3.5 cm × 1 cm and 3 cm × 1 cm respectively. Multiple abrasions were present over front of both knees sizes ranging from 1-2.5 cm × 0.5-1.5 cm. Two black colored bruises of sizes 3 cm × 2 cm and 1 cm × 1 cm were present on the left side of the forehead with periorbital hematoma and right side of the face respectively. A ligature mark was present around the front, left and right side of the upper third of neck with knot mark underneath chin. The ligature mark was 13 cm in length transversely. It was 0.5-1 cm in breadth above downwards. The mark extended upward and backward and was faint on the back of the neck [Figure 2]. Three crescentic nail pressure abrasions were found over upper back sizes ranging from 1-2 cm × 1-2 cm.

Bottom Line: Elder homicide is a fatal outcome of elder abuse and neglect.Multifactorial homicidal asphyxia in an elderly man by combination of three different mechanisms is an uncommon incident.This following case demonstrates a very unusual murder of 74-year-old man in his own residence.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Legal Medicine, Ministry of National Security, Jamaica.

ABSTRACT
Elder homicide is a fatal outcome of elder abuse and neglect. Multifactorial homicidal asphyxia in an elderly man by combination of three different mechanisms is an uncommon incident. This following case demonstrates a very unusual murder of 74-year-old man in his own residence. Crime scene visit and postmortem examination revealed that the victim was killed by combined effect of ligature strangulation, traumatic asphyxia and smothering by plastic bag.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus