Throat hold – case examples

Case 1

The victim was gripped in a throat hold by the aggressor and was suffocated.

The internal examination revealed a total interruption of the blood supply to the head with multiple petechia in the eyes, the conjunctiva and the mucus tissue of the oral vestibule. There was an accumulation of blood in the left nostril. The pharynx also showed a general, pronounced accumulation of blood.

At the front of the sternocleidomastoid muscle was a plum sized accumulation of blood; in the subcutaneous adipose tissue there was a less pronounced counterpart. A similar cherry sized formation was evident in the musculature covering the left of the thyroid cartilage, slight hematomas in the underside of the arch of the left hyoid bone. The larynx and the hyoid bone were intact.