Warning, some of the details in this story are disturbing
A Winnipeg jury is hearing chilling details about the alleged 2011 murder of a 73 year old woman.
The pathologist who did an autopsy on Elizabeth LaFantaisie has testified she was strangled to death, possibly with a scarf.
Dr. Thambirajah Balachandra, Manitoba’s Chief Medical Examiner, told court Tuesday she had been hit in the face, and had broken bones in her leg. There were also injuries to his genitalia.
He said her body was discovered in a body bag, in the trunk of her car. The scarf was still around her neck.
Prosecutors say the woman was sexually assaulted before being killed. Balachandra said some sperm samples were taken from her body.
Thomas Brine, 29, is charged with first degree murder. He’s pleaded not guilty. Brine sat in the prisoner’s box, showing little emotion throughout the graphic testimony.
Several family members of the victim appeared shaken up during the testimony.
The trial is scheduled to last two weeks.