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Sweeney Mountain skull 'may have been trophy'

Published date: 14 August 2014 |
Published by: Emily Davies 
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A SKULL discovered on Sweeney Mountain may have been a holiday ‘trophy’, an inquest has heard.

The cranium, believed to be an Afro-Caribbean male aged between 25 and 40 who died in or after 1963, was found by a shooting party in a wooded area on November 2, 2013.

At Thursday’s hearing a statement from pathologist Dr Nicolas Hunt, said the possibility of the skull being an item brought to the UK from abroad “should not be ruled out”.

However, due to the lack of evidence North Shropshire coroner Mr John Ellery said it was impossible to give any firm details as to the person or how the skull had come to be at the point and recorded an open conclusion.

Previously the inquest heard how the discovery, made when by one of the dogs in the shooting party, had launched an extensive police search of the wooded area and a police inquiry. However nobody living in the vicinity was aware of any incidents that could have led to the skull being deposited at that location.

Dr Hunt said there are some markings on the skull put it is impossible to say if they occurred before or after the man died.

He continued: “It is not possible to say if death was natural or caused by trauma without the other body parts. There are a number of areas of damage possibly made by tools and further examinations may be possible but I cannot say if they happened before or after death.

"He may have been based in a hot areas like a desert at some point due to the fractures on the teeth and it possibly could be a trophy brought back from abroad to the UK, that should not be ruled out.

“But there is insufficient information to give a cause of death and there is no information to say this man is victim of a crime.”

Mr Ellery added: “I am satisfied that the police have made extensive investigations and engaged with many experts so we have the best information that can obtain for this inquest.”
 

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