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James Simpson murder: OAP died from 'crushing injuries'

James Simpson
Image caption James Simpson died after the incident at his home in Ashgill, South Lanarkshire

An OAP who died after being run over by his own car while it was being stolen suffered "unsurvivable crushing injuries", a court has heard.

Pathologist Dr Julia Bell said James Simpson suffered a broken spine, rib fractures and collapsed lungs.

The 76-year-old died outside his home in Ashgill, South Lanarkshire, in November 2011.

Christopher Grenfell, 25, denies murder and the trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues.

Dr Bell told the court how she carried out a post mortem examination on the body of Mr Simpson.

The pathologist was taken through her detailed report by prosecutor Andrew Stewart QC which listed the pensioner's injuries.

'Severe' injuries

These included multiple rib fractures, collapsed lungs and his spine being broken in two places.

Dr Bell told the court Mr Simpson would have been unable to breath.

Mr Stewart asked: "How do these compare to other chest injuries you have seen?"

Dr Bell replied: "They are at the severe end of the spectrum."

The jury heard the cause of death was multiple injuries due to being run over by a motor vehicle.

Mr Grenfell's QC Ian Duguid later put to Dr Bell that Mr Simpson had "unsurvivable crushing injuries". The witness agreed that that was the case.

Mr Grenfell is accused of taking the pensioner's Land Rover Discovery and driving over Mr Simpson leaving him so severely injured he died.

He is joined in the dock by co-accused William MacVicar.

The 24-year-old - who does not face the murder allegation - is accused of acting with Mr Grenfell and others to conspire to carry out car thefts.

The alleged plot includes a claim that they broke into Mr Simpson's home and stole a set of keys before taking the Land Rover.

Mr Grenfell and Mr MacVicar are also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The trial, before Judge Lord Burns, continues.

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