THE jury in the trial of a man accused of his father’s manslaughter are to receive written directions about the law from the judge.
The Honorary Recorder of Bradford, James Stewart QC, said that the case of Jasknwal Rana was not straightforward and he intended to give each member of the jury written directions on the cause of death.
The prosecution has alleged that an earlier assault by Rana on 75-year-old Tarsam Singh at their family home in Alder Street, Fartown, was a significant contribution in his subsequent collapse in the driveway.
It was later found that Mr Singh suffered from ischemic heart disease, which could have caused his death at any time.
Rana, 33, has denied the manslaughter charge, but has declined to give evidence during his trial.
Judge Stewart said the jury would probably retire on Wednesday and he would take them through his directions when he summed the case up.
Yesterday Bradford Crown Court heard defence evidence from forensic pathologist Dr Peter Cooper who carried out a second post mortem on Mr Singh following his death in May.
The court has heard that after being put in a headlock and punched by his son, Mr Singh picked up a small pole and used it to strike Rana twice in the kitchen of the house.
Dr Cooper suggested that the action with the stick could itself have caused Mr Singh’s death from heart failure.
“The broad principles are that something that happens shortly before the collapse is more likely to be relevant than something that’s happened longer ago,” said the doctor.
But the court heard how Mr Singh had been left with a broken nose and bleeding heavily following the attack by Rana and Dr Cooper conceded that it was not possible to attribute percentages of stress caused by certain incidents that night. It is expected that Judge Stewart will begin his summing up to the jury later today.
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