ALLEGED murderer Michael Vernon Lowe had injuries that might have been inflicted by a blunt object, the Launceston Supreme Court heard yesterday.
Mr Lowe, 52, of Waverley, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Darren Booth on May 13 last year and has argued self-defence.
Mr Booth died at the Kings Meadows home of Mr Lowe's ex-partner Crystal Wells.
The Crown has argued that Mr Lowe was a scorned lover who visited Ms Wells's Pinkard Street home, found Mr Booth and stabbed him to death.
Launceston General Hospital clinical services director Peter Renshaw gave evidence for the Crown yesterday.
Dr Renshaw referred to Mr Lowe's hospital medical records from May 13, 2012, when he was treated in the emergency department in the early hours before police arrested him.
He told the court that Mr Lowe's pulse was 102, which was ``a little racy''.
Dr Renshaw said Mr Lowe's main complaints were a headache and lacerations to his face and head, while his CT scan was normal.
``The lacerations on the head and right hand were all stitched,'' Dr Renshaw said.
``There were three injuries which were sutured.''
Crown prosecutor Linda Mason asked Dr Renshaw whether Mr Lowe's head and forehead injuries were consistent with being hit by a blunt object and he replied, ``they could be, yes.''
Defence counsel Greg Richardson cross-examined Dr Renshaw, who agreed that the triage nurse who saw Mr Lowe had noted he was confused, dizzy and disorientated, and had vomited on his way to the hospital.
Dr Renshaw also said that Mr Lowe was observed to have had an ``altered conscious state''.
Detective Senior Constable Russell Forsyth, of the Northern Criminal Investigation Branch, and forensic scientist Dr Louise McMahon, of Forensic Science Service Tasmania, also gave evidence for the Crown yesterday,
The trial, before Justice Robert Pearce, continues.