Renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand made several explosive allegations at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest this morning. Among others, Pornthip suggested that the political aide could have been strangled before falling from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam.
The colourful doctor noted that the marks on Teoh's neck indicated the possibility of 'manual strangulation'.
Furthermore, she pointed out that Teoh's skull fracture was not typical of an injury from a fall.
In another startling revelation, Pornthip said the injury to the deceased's anus could have been caused by penetration with an object before his fall.
The pathologist also disagreed with the opinion of forensic experts that Teoh 'fell to his death consciously', saying that the deceased could have been unconscious.
She also cited three reasons for making the conclusion. These were:
1) The autopsy report indicated that he was alive when landing on the ground, but she found no protection injuries on the body.
2) She found wounds that looked like pre-fall injuries.
3) The chest injuries were result of primary impact.
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