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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2013, Volume : 7, Issue : 2
First page : ( 1) Last page : ( 3)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0973-9130.7.2.001

Unusual Incised Stab Wound Produced by a Single Edged Weapon: A Case Report

James Biju1, Balachandran Ajay2, Sasidharan Anu3, UK Ramakrishanan3, TN Prem3, Jerry Thomas3

1District Police Surgeon, General Hospital, Ernakulum, Kerala, India

2Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

3Resident, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

Online published on 23 July, 2013.

Abstract

Stab wound examination yields valuable information about the weapon. Some amount of information about the hilt can also be obtained at times. In this case of murder by stabbing, the cutting edge of the (single edged) blade had a blunt portion (ricasso) adjacent to the handle and the hilt was projecting beyond the cutting edge. The ricasso had modified the sharp cut end of the stab wound and the blunt end of the knife had produced fish tailing. These events had altered the external appearance of the wound in such a way that the end which corresponded with the sharp edge of the knife looked blunt and the other end looked sharp. However, despite the confusing appearance of the skin wound, the actual orientation of the blade could still be determined from the hilt bruise.

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Keywords

Boat Mark, Cutting Edge, Fish Tailing, Guard, Hilt, Incised Stab Wound, Penetrating Wound, Ricasso, Single Edged Knife, Square Edge, Stab.

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