A JURY has been shown a picture of the suspected ‘murder’ weapon allegedly used by a man accused of killing his school friend.

Janaed Akhtar has been charged with murder after allegedly attacking Neil Comins in their shared home in Cope Road, Banbury, on Wednesday, January 3.

It is alleged the 40-year-old had hit Mr Comins, 39, with a baseball bat, causing him to die from a traumatic brain injury.

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However, Akhtar has denied the offence, stating his two other housemates were involved. The defendant has also been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice due to these allegations.

During the trial on Monday (July 8), after a few days of delays due to legal issues, the trial resumed with medical and forensic evidence from pathologists and scientists.

Dr Brett Lockyer, a consultant forensic pathologist, provided a medical cause of death for Mr Comins as a traumatic brain injury after a post-mortem examination.

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He also outlined the other injuries which Mr Comin’s had sustained.

There was a cut to his left eyebrow as well as bruising to his left upper cheek and his left ear. There were also cuts sustained to the ear in multiple areas.

On the right side of his head, there was bruising on the skull, the back of the head, and behind his ear. There was also cuts to the ear and an abrasion on his right arm.

Bruising was also found on the back on his right hand which was previously heard during the trial and the prosecution stated these could not be ruled out as ‘defensive wounds’.

Dr Richard Wellings, a consultant radiologist, also gave evidence about the ‘complex fractures’ Mr Comin’s sustained.

He showed the jury a model skull with the fractures outlined as well as 3D computerised models of the injuries.

Dr Wellings explained that the injuries of ‘fragmented bone’ which ‘categorically seen from an impact’ causing them.

He also explained there was swelling to the right side of Mr Comin’s head ‘indicative of bleeding inside the skull’.

The jury was also shown a picture of the suspected ‘murder’ weapon which is a Slazenger baseball bat with a black handle and a red jaguar at the ‘striking’ end.

It was pointed out that there was a dent to the side of the bat.

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Previously in the trial, it was heard that Akhtar’s DNA was found on the bat as well as Mr Comin’s DNA which was found on the ‘striking end’.

Akhtar was arrested and officially charged after the bat was found underneath his bed.

The trial continues.