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.
The prosecution is expected to conclude its case in the trial of Patrick Curran, the man accused of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam.
Mrs Roddam's body was found in a field close to her home at Delabole in 2003. Mr Curran has refused to enter a plea.
Two police officers are due to give evidence at the trial of a man accused of murdering a pensioner in Cornwall 10 years ago
74-year-old Joan Roddam was strangled at her bungalow in Delabole in November 2003. 38 year old Patrick Curran was arrested last year after police re-opened their investigation into the case.
A man accused of murdering a 74-year-old woman in north Cornwall more than 10 years ago, has refused to appear at his trial in Truro.
Patrick Curran, 38, was charged last year with killing Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole in 2003.
The judge has told the jury not to speculate on why Curran has not appeared, and not to hold it against him.
Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports from Truro Crown Court:
A man has refused to appear at his murder trial in Truro today.
Patrick Curran, who's 38, is accused of murdering 74-year-old Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole in North Cornwall in 2003.
This afternoon the prosecution has started outlining its case against Curran.
A man has appeared before magistrates in Bodmin this morning charged with the murder of 74 year Joan Roddam at her home in Cornwall in 2003.
38 year old Patrick Curran from Delabole spoke only to confirm his name and address.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Plymouth Crown Court tomorrow. Mrs Roddam was found in field behind her home. A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxiation.
Police have charged a man with the murder of an elderly woman killed more than ten years ago.
The body of 74 year old Joan Roddam was found at her home in Delabole in 2003. 38 year old Patrick Curran was arrested this morning and will appear charged with her murder at Bodmin Magistrates' Court tomorrow.
There's been a major development tonight in one of the longest running unsolved murders in the Westcountry.
Police have revealed they've arrested a man over the murder of 74-year-old Joan Roddam at her home near Delabole in north Cornwall more than ten years ago. Her body was found outside her home. A 38-year-old local man is now in custody. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of an elderly woman in 2003. It follows a review by Cornwall’s Major Crime investigation Team.
The body of Joan Roddam, aged 74, was found at the rear of her home at West Downs, Delabole on Saturday 8 November 2003. She'd been asphyxiated.
A 38-year old local man was arrested this morning and is being held at Launceston Police Station on suspicion of murder.
The owners of a windfarm in north Cornwall are offering nearby residents a 20% cut in electricity bills. 300 households around Delabole could benefit from the offer which is claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The Good Energy company says the deal could save customers around a hundred pounds a year.