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Joan Roddam murder trial

Patrick Curran will serve a minimum of 18 years for the murder of 74-year-old Joan Roddam.

The pensioner was murdered at her home in Delabole in North Cornwall in 2003.

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Court hears that there were 26 separate injuries on Joan Roddam's body

A court has heard how Delabole pensioner Joan Roddam died from asphyxiation due to compression of the neck.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard evidence from Forensic Pathologist Dr Russell Delaney.

He described how 74 year old Joan Roddam was found with 26 injuries on her body, including bruising to her neck and a fractured rib.

Dr Delaney told the court that evidence of strangulation suggested "pressure had been applied and maintained for a period of time."

38 year old Patrick Curran of West Downs Road, Delabole is accused of murdering the 74 year old at her bungalow on the 8th November 2003.

Mr Curran has so far declined to attend court or be represented.

The trial continues.

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