AN apparent bite mark found on the left thigh of toddler Madison Horn could possibly have been caused by the teeth of the man accused of murdering her, a dental expert told a court on Friday.
Dr Douglas Sheasby, a forensic odontologist at Glasgow University, was giving evidence at the trial of Kevin Park, 27, who denies murdering two-year-old Madison by repeatedly striking her head against a wall, biting her on the body and repeatedly striking her on the head and body by means unknown.
It is alleged Park killed the toddler at 61 Croftangry Road, Kelty, Fife, on April 20.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Dr Sheasby examined Madison at the mortuary in the Southern General in Glasgow the day after her post-mortem examination was carried out.
He told advocate depute Jennifer Bain, prosecuting, that he had examined the mark on Madison and then supervised the taking of photographs of it.
The jury heard that a cast of Park’s teeth was also taken.
Dr Sheasby said that he examined all the evidence.
When asked about his conclusions he said: “The mark on the outer surface of the left leg of Madison Horn can be identified as a bite mark possibly caused by human teeth.
“In my opinion it is possible that the mark on the outer surface of the left leg of Madison Horn was caused by the teeth of Kevin Horn.”
He, however, said that the lack of detail in the mark “limits a valid conclusion about the possibility that the mark was caused by the teeth of Kevin Park.”
Dr Sheasby added that the mark was consistent with mild force having been applied and with a bite made by human teeth through clothing.
When asked by Miss Bain to expand on his conclusions about the mark Dr Sheasby added: “It could be identified as being a bite mark possibly caused by human teeth. The teeth of Kevin Park provide a possible explanation.
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“In my opinion it’s possible the mark was caused by the teeth of Kevin Park.”
Under cross examination defence QC Mark Stewart Dr Sheasby admitted that the only teeth he had examined were those of Park.
Mr Stewart said: “It is possible Kevin Park’s teeth could have caused that bite mark but it could have been made by a large number of the population.”
To which Dr Sheasby replied: “The possibility that someone else’s teeth caused this mark exists. I’m not able to give information about people whose teeth would cause a similar mark. I don’t think it would be safe or reliable to give definite conclusions.”
The court has heard that Madison was rushed to hospital by ambulance suffering from massive brain and internal injuries. She died hours later in the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Park told police that she had been jumping on a bed and fell off when it collapsed. At the time he was lover of Anne-Marie White, Madison’s mother.
PC James Graham told the court that he and a colleague drove Park from the house in Kelty to Dunfermline police station.
Miss Bain asked how Kevin Park appeared and Graham replied: “He was concerned about where his cigarettes were.”
Asked whether Park showed any concern about the girl, PC Graham said: “Not at all.”
The prosecutor then asked: “Did her ask about her condition?“
The police officer said: “No.”
PC Graham was then asked how Park was during the car journey and he replied: “He was quiet, surprisingly quiet it was unnerving. There were no questions, no emotion at all. Mr Park actually fell asleep in the back of the car.”
The jury was told the journey time to the police station was 15 minutes.
Mr Stewart then asked PC Graham: “Did he not say he had a child himself and knew how the mother would be feeling?”
The constable said: “That’s correct.”
The trial before Judge Michael O’Grady QC continues.
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