A High Court bail application involving a man accused of murdering a young mother of one child is expected to be postponed while the results of an independent post-mortem are considered by the defence.
Ollie Thomson, 28, was buried yesterday after the Requiem Mass attended by hundreds of mourners.
The popular teaching assistant was found dead at her west Belfast home on Sunday September 11.
Her partner Chris Morelli (31) was on trial for murder last week.
An initial post-mortem found Ms Thomson “died of asphyxiation with a fractured cartilage in her neck,” Belfast Magistrates’ Court has been told.
Morelli has been remanded in custody but was due to apply for bail in the High Court today.
That request is now to be postponed until the results of another defense-commissioned autopsy can be reviewed.
Experts say the toxicology analysis in the case could take several weeks.
Mr Morelli denies the charges and disputes the prosecution’s explanation for Ms Thomson’s death.
It is understood the couple had spent the day together on the Saturday before their deaths, visiting two bars in West Belfast. Police are believed to have requested video surveillance of both and there are no reports of the couple having any arguments or altercations during the day.
Ms Thomson was found dead by her father on Sunday morning. She had no visible marks on her body and it was initially thought that she may have died of natural causes.
It was only later on Sunday evening that Ms Thomson’s sister and father were told the family home in the Greenan area of the city was believed to be the scene of the crime.
Morelli was arrested but initially treated for self-inflicted injuries overnight at the Royal Victoria Hospital before being questioned by detectives.
The court was told he sustained injuries to his arm and neck and took a suspected overdose.
Police said they believe an “object” involved in the commission of the crime is still open.
The object is believed to be a pillow which investigators believe was used to suffocate Ms Thomson.
During a brief hearing in the Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday, the court was told Morelli harmed himself “quite significantly” immediately after the alleged murder.
“He sustained injuries to both his neck and arm, and we believe he also overdosed on drugs,” one detective said.
Morelli, a hairdresser managing premises in Andersonstown in west Belfast, had lived in the city with his elderly grandmother on Willowvale Avenue.
Police claimed the victim’s injuries were caused while the couple was spending the evening together.
“She died of asphyxiation with a fractured cartilage in her neck,” said an investigating detective.
“All reports that Mr. Morelli has given as a possible reasonable explanation for this have been ruled out by the pathologist as not possible.”
Bail was denied for fear that he might flee or interfere with the investigation if released.
Defense attorney Mark Crawford stressed that Morelli denied the crime in up to eight police interviews.
He also revealed that a pathologist has been instructed to perform a second post-mortem in the case.
The Belfast Telegraph understands the second review has now been carried out by former Northern Ireland state pathologist Jack Crane.
Although Mr. Crane left office in 2014, he continues to carry out occasional private work.
The results are not yet complete and any further requests for bail are expected to be postponed pending the results.
The PSNI said it could not comment further at this time.
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