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Escort could have died of natural causes in north-east flat

Published in The Press & Journal
12th January 2012


Aberdeen
An escort who was allegedly raped and murdered in a north-east flat could have died of natural causes, a court has heard. Jessica McGraa’s half naked body was found face down and motionless at an address in Aberdeen’s Union Terrace.

In a post-mortem examination, pathologists Dr Matthew Lyall and Professor James Grieve concluded “physical interference” such as “smothering” or “strangulation” may have played a part in her death. They listed her cause of death as asphyxiation.

However, jurors at the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday heard that a separate examination of the 37-year-old’s body was carried out by Dr Nigel Cooper who said a “natural death” should not be ruled out.

It came on the sixth day of the trial against Bala Chinda, who is accused of raping and murdering Miss McGraa on February 11 last year. It is alleged he inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and asphyxiated her before stealing a key and two mobile phones from the sex worker. He is further accused of disposing of his own handset in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice. The 26-year-old denies all the allegations.

Speaking as Dr Lyall took to the witness stand for a second day of evidence yesterday, defence counsel Ian Duguid QC said: “You know that another pathologist had examined that lady and came to the conclusion her death could only be certified as unexplained?”

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Man fined after paying 'known prostitute' £30 for services

Published in The Nottingham Post
12th January 2016


Notts
A man who paid £30 for sex ended up with a £410 bill when the case was heard by Nottingham magistrates. Karl Hodgkinson, 29, was caught by police officers who were carrying out an operation in the city's "vice area," said Ali Zaki, prosecuting.

A police community support officer was in plain clothes "in a hot spot for prostitution", off Forest Road East, when she saw a man approach "a known prostitute."

She alerted a police officer who detained Hodgkinson of Tithe Lane, Calverton after the incident at 10.55pm on Saturday May 28. He was said to be "in drink." When the prostitute was questioned, she told an officer: "I just got £30 from him."

On June 6, Hodgkinson called at a police station for a voluntary interview and gave details of the incident.

Mr Zaki added: "He said he had been in Nottingham city centre for a few drinks and went to the vice area and paid £30 for oral sex."

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“Sleeper hold” may have killed call girl found dead in north-east flat

Published in The Press & Journal
11 January 2017


Aberdeen
An escort found dead in a north-east flat could have been killed by a “sleeper hold”, a court has heard. Jurors at the High Court in Aberdeen were told yesterday that Jessica McGraa suffered injuries to her jaw, chest and chin before she died on February 11 last year.

Pathologist Dr Matthew Lyall, who carried out the post-mortem examination on the 37-year-old, pointed to mechanical asphyxia as a likely cause of death. The court heard this would have been a result of “physical interference” such as “smothering” or “strangulation”.

Dr Lyall was giving evidence on the fifth day of the trial against Bala Chinda, who is accused of raping and murdering Miss McGraa at a flat on Union Terrace on February 11. It is alleged he inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and asphyxiated her before stealing a key and two mobile phones from the sex worker. He is further accused of disposing his own handset in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice. The 26-year-old denies all the allegations.

Mr Lyall’s report following his examination stated Miss McGraa’s death may have been caused by her neck being compressed by a hand, bedding or a neck hold; or by “external obstruction” of the mouth or nose. The death may also have been caused by both in combination, he said.

Dr Lyall told jurors he found a number of “recent injuries” on Miss McGraa’s body following her death, including “petechial haemorrhages” on her eyelids and upper and lower lips.
Bruising was found on her upper jaw and on her chin – which the court heard may have been caused by a “sleeper hold”. Dr Lyall added “blunt force trauma” was the cause of some of the injuries.

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