The jury in Kieran Greene’s murder trial has been hearing evidence about the post-mortem examination carried out on Patricia O’Connor’s remains.
The 34-year-old is accused of killing her in the bathroom of the home they shared at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham in May 2017.
The jury has already heard that 15 body parts were found in nine locations across a 30km radius across the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains in June 2017.
Dr Michael Curtis told the jurors he examined the remains and he presented his findings to them this afternoon.
On examination of what turned out to be Patricia O’Connor’s head, he said there were a number of deep cuts to the scalp and he noticed three fractures to the skull.
He said he believed the main point of contact was to the front, right-hand side of the skull.
He concluded the act of dismemberment was most probably carried out with a power tool like a power saw, and he was of the opinion that her hands were possibly removed with a handheld saw.
He said there was no evidence of defence-type injuries, and he concluded that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.