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Dead woman had 'severe' head injuries

Nicolson Street
Randa Kamblawi's body was found in their home in Nicolson Street

A woman found dead in the bloodstained bath at her home was found to have severe skull fractures and brain injuries, a murder trial has heard.

Randa Kamblawi, 34, had been in the bath so long she had developed "washer woman skin", consultant forensic pathologist Ralph Bouhaidar said.

Mrs Kamblawi's husband, Yahya Babiker, 45, denies murdering her at their home in Edinburgh's Nicolson Street.

He claims she died after slipping and hitting her head on the taps twice.

The High Court in Perth was hearing evidence from Mr Bouhaidar, who is employed by NHS Lothian.

Brain fracture

He said: "There was evidence of blunt force head injury with bruising, involving the left part of the brain.

"There were at least five blunt force injuries to the forehead and head area, with underlying severe skull fracture and severe brain fracture identified."

He told the court that a large section of the skull had been fractured into "minute and small pieces" and the head wounds were so deep the fractured skull and brain tissue could be touched by hand.

Mr Babiker denies washing blood from the bedroom walls, bedroom furniture and fittings, the hallway floors and door and the bathroom floor and walls with a mop and bucket to remove traces of his wife's blood.

He further denies disposing of the murder weapon at an unknown location, dumping her body in the bath and failing to report her death to delay the possibility of the police investigating and gathering evidence.

Mr Babiker further denies hampering any probe into the murder by taking a taxi to Edinburgh Airport and trying to buy a one-way ticket to Paris. He denies flying to Heathrow and hiding out in London.

The trial, before Lady Stacey, continues.

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