Autopsy results on the body of 79 year old Dr. Claire Broadbridge have revealed that the woman’s throat was slit from one ear to the other.
The autopsy, conducted by Senior Pathologist, Dr. Valery Alexandrov showed the elderly woman suffered two stab wounds to her chest and neck, deemed superficial wounds as they were not very deep, before her throat was slit. The injury, according to the autopsy report, was about 20 centimetres long, and cut through ligature and air passages. However, it did not cut the spinal cord, according to Alexandrov. This, he said, suggested that a kitchen knife may have been the weapon used.
The autopsy, according to Alexandrov, paints a picture that Dr. Broadbridge saw her attacker coming toward her and would have attempted to escape her assailant by backing away. It is presumed that she subsequently fell to the floor where her attacker pounced.
Dr. Broadbridge, a former director of the National Museum and Art Gallery, was found dead in the bedroom of her home at around 6 p.m. on Saturday. Her throat had been slit, and the assailants had attempted to burn down her St. Ann’s home.