Court hears Brian McKandie was struck at least 15 times on the head before he died

A forensic pathologist has told a trial that mechanic Brian McKandie probably did not die for another six hours after being hit at least 15 times.

Professor James Grieve was giving evidence yesterday in the trial of Steven Sidebottom at the High Court in Aberdeen.

The 24-year-old is accused of murdering and robbing Mr McKandie on March 11, 2016.

He denies the charge.

The handyman’s body was discovered on March 12 and police initially believed the mechanic suffered an accident outside before going back into his Badenscoth home.

However, when three days later the professor carried out a brief examination on the body, he said he knew almost immediately Mr McKandie had been the victim of a “severe” assault.

He said: “There was nothing subtle about the injuries.

“I unzipped the bag at the top of the head and at that point that was more than I needed to recognise that this was not simply an elderly man who had slipped and struck his head.”

A formal post mortem examination was carried out two days later.

He also said it was likely the pensioner had survived for five to six hours after he was attacked.

Prof Grieve said the location where the body was found, behind a door in the living room, and blood stains and spatters in the spare bedroom and hallway, indicated that Mr McKandie had managed to move himself. The jury was shown a computer-generated image of a body which illus-trated the injuries he sustained.

The professor revealed the most severe was to the rear right side of his head, where the blow was so significant it had broken a hole in his skull and hit his brain.

Prof Grieve said it was a “severe head injury by any manner or means” and that it was clear he had died as a result of “blunt force head injuries”.

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