Sheffield murder victim Cy Cooper died after suffering more than 80 separate injuries in a horrifying ‘sustained attack’, a court heard.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Cooper was repeatedly kicked and stamped on and had his head and neck cut by a sharp object.
He was left with several teeth missing, 23 broken ribs and a fractured jaw and eye socket.
Mr Cooper’s body was pulled out of his flat on Bluebell Close in Wincobank in the early hours of July 29 after his home had been set on fire – but was found with injuries that were unrelated to the blaze.
Dr Naomi Carter, a Home Office forensic pathologist, told the court Mr Cooper died after suffering severe injuries to his head, neck and abdominal areas, which included deep bruising, cuts and grazes.
The prosecution say Paul Cain, of no fixed address, killed Mr Cooper and then set fire to his flat after a row over the living arrangements of the victim’s nephew.
Dr Carter said: “Mr Cooper sustained a number of severe injuries in a sustained attack. This comprised many bruises, lacerations and several incised wounds from a sharp instrument such as a knife or a piece of glass.
“These injuries are largely situated on the head and neck area, with many injuries elsewhere.
“Mr Cooper had several teeth missing when examined and had two distinct fractures in his jaw and his left eye-socket.
“I can’t say exactly how many blows Mr Cooper suffered but it must have been many to cause the injuries that I have seen.
“From the long lacerations across his head, I can’t rule out that a blunt weapon was also used in the assault.
“There was no skull fracture, but that doesn’t mean the victim did not suffer significant brain damage and most likely died too quickly for it to be detected.”
Dr Carter said, on examination, Mr Cooper was found with 23 (out of 24) broken ribs, but attempts to revive him through CPR could have contributed to his broken rib count.
The jury was told the fire was not a significant factor in Mr Cooper’s death.
“There was no soot in Mr Cooper’s airways,” Dr Carter said. “It is likely Mr Cooper was close to death if not already dead. I would’ve expected him to have some soot in his airways due to the fire being pretty substantial but there was none.”
Cain, aged 24, denies the murder charge.
The trial continues.