Murder trial told of Jonty Hall’s horrific injuries

VICTIM ... John 'Jonty' Hall.
VICTIM ... John 'Jonty' Hall.
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JOHN “Jonty” Hall survived for a “relatively short” time with the catalogue of horrific injuries which eventually took his life, murder jurors have heard.

A Home Office pathologist said the 46-year-old dad had tried to fend off the blows that killed him before he finally lost consciousness.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Hall, of Herrington Burn, had suffered at least 10 blows with a weapon to the face alone, which resulted in it becoming flattened.

He had also endured multiple blows to his head and body in the form of punches, slaps or kicks.

Dr Jennifer Bolton told jurors the violent onslaught left Mr Hall with 45 visible injuries, including a six-inch slash across his throat.

He also had multiple fractures to his face and injury and damage had been caused to his brain.

Almost all of his ribs were fractured and his numerous internal injuries included a torn liver and one of his testes being torn in two.

The doctor told the court: “There was some period of survival, albeit relatively short.

“There was extensive facial fractures such that, in effect, the front of his face had become flattened and without structure.

“This would have led to significantly compromised airway, potentially providing a cause for Mr Hall’s death.”

The doctor said fractures and injuries inside Mr Hall’s neck, although not the slash wound, would also have contributed to his death.

Dr Bolton added: “It is likely to be a combination of all of these injuries.”

The court heard Mr Hall had significant injuries to his left arm.

The doctor told jurors: “This would suggest, therefore, Mr Hall was not unconscious for the entirety of the incident.”

Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row and Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, both deny murder.

A third man, Paul Tate, 49, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, had been jointly charged with the killing but died after cutting his own throat while being held on remand.

The trial continues.