Before the Prosecution closed their case against Jahni Holder and Justin Cameron this morning in Supreme Court, jurors heard testimony from the Crown’s final witness, expert forensic pathologist, Dr. Christopher Milroy, who is also a licensed physician. Dr. Milroy gave his expert testimony via Zoom.
Dr. Milroy discussed the nature of the burns suffered by Jamar Malik Dill, the complainant in this case, when he went for treatment at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) in September of
Mr. Holder and Mr. Cameron, both 27, are accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr. Dill by setting his shirt on fire while he wore it and beating him all throughout his body. The defendants are also accused of depriving Mr. Dill of his liberty.
In Dr. Milroy’s expert opinion, the burns that Mr. Dill suffered when he arrived at the hospital were typical of “ flame-related” injuries, as opposed to chemical burns. He told the court that burn patterns on Mr. Dill’s body was not typical of chemical or electrical burns.
Dr. Milroy also classified Mr. Dill’s burns as second-degree, which he told the Court, are more painful than third degree burns, even though third-degree burns are more severe, because the
nerve endings are not destroyed during second-degree burns.
After the Crown closed their case and the agreed facts of the case were read out to the jury, both Mr. Holder and Mr. Cameron were given the option to testify in court or to have witnesses
speak on their behalf. Both declined to speak.
Closing speeches from both sides will begin on Monday July 18, with the jury hopefully going in for deliberation by Tuesday afternoon.
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Story By TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda