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Teeth marks on doc's body match students

PUBLISHED: 11:44 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

BITE marks on the chin of a doctor who was hacked to death on her driveway are a 'good match' for the teeth of a student who was living in her home, a jury has heard.

BITE marks on the chin of a doctor who was hacked to death on her driveway are a 'good match' for the teeth of a student who was living in her home, a jury has heard.

Ghanaian paediatrician Victoria Anyetei, 54, was found slumped against the steering wheel of her Toyota Avensis in the driveway of her home in Teynham Road, Dartford, on the morning of August 14 last year. She had been stabbed 56 times.

Giving evidence in Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday forensic dental expert Jane Reece showed the jury how overlays made from moulds taken of 22-year-old law student David Quartey's teeth matched photographs of bite marks found on Dr Anyetei's chin.

Dr Reece said: "I would say there is a strong possibility that he is the biter. I cannot be anymore sure than that because I only have half a bite mark but certainly looking at David Quartey's left side there's a good match of all the features. There's nothing that doesn't match."

Dental moulds were also taken from nine other suspects including the victim's son Andrew Thompson but none of them were found to match the bite mark.

Quartey, who is also from Ghana, had been living with Sidcup consultant Dr Anyetei and her son since October 2005 and was studying a university foundation course at Kensington College of Business in London.

Dr Reece also said that a false tooth which was found broken off in the back of the car could have been snapped off as the result of her biting down hard on something firm.

The court heard that a distinctive pattern of wounds including a deep star-shaped cut found on opposing sides of Quartey's right index finger could have been caused by the sharp edge of Dr Anyetei's denture which snapped as she bit down on it.

Dr Reece said: "I think there's a possibility that she bit his finger. There are features in her mouth that suggest that.

"The most prominent injury is the Y or star-shaped cut.

"One of the things that could be considered is that very sharp edge backing was the cause of that star-shaped cut."

Quartey was seen biting his finger on the driveway on the day of the killing and claimed in an interview with Dr Reece that the wounds were self-inflicted.

But the expert says that his teeth are not sharp enough to cause the cuts and that they do not match the pattern of his teeth.

Quartey denies murder and the trial continues.

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