Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ex-HSBC Banker’s Wife Had 45 Injuries, Pathologist Tells Jurors

By James Lumley

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The wife of former HSBC Holdings Plc chief investment officer Neil Ellerbeck had 45 injuries on her body when she was found strangled, a government pathologist told a London jury.

Bruises and abrasions to Katherine Ellerbeck’s face, neck and jaw might have been caused by fingernails, Ashley Fegan-Earl testified yesterday at Ellerbeck’s murder trial at London’s Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey.

“They are not the sort of injuries one sees in a fall down stairs,” Fegan-Earl said.

Ellerbeck, who worked in HSBC’s global liquidity unit in London, was charged with murder on Nov. 17, days after his wife’s body was found in their London home. Prosecutors claim he strangled her after she asked for a divorce. Ellerbeck, 46, denies murder. His defense lawyers will present their case later in the trial.