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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 164-167

A case of suicide with multiple stab wounds

Department of Forensic Medicine, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching, Malaysia

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Ganesh Raj Selvaraja
Department of Forensic Medicine, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching
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DOI: 10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_16_19

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Multiple stab wounds are very common features of homicidal stabbing. The common findings differentiating homicidal and suicidal stabbing are well described in the medical literature. Among the features mentioned are location, shape, and direction of the wounds. These features are vital in differentiating suicide from homicide. However, this case has an unusual presentation. We discuss the importance of interpretation and differentiation of the stab wounds to determine the manner of death and facilitate the investigation. A 29-year-old male presented with multiple stab wounds. There was no witness at the time of the incident. The body was discovered in his room with pools of blood. A knife was present on his body. No tentative cuts were present on the body. Scene investigation and postmortem examination determined the cause and manner of death.

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