A forensic scientist says he found a face impression on a pillowcase taken from murder accused Elliot Turner's home, the UK jury in the Emily Longley trial has heard.
Forensic scientists have given evidence at Winchester Crown Court in the trial of Turner - the 20-year-old accused of strangling 17-year-old New Zealander Longley in a jealous fit of rage.
Turner has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend on May 7 last year at his parents' home in Bournemouth, South England.
Forensic scientist Darryl Manners told the court that he found, what he described, as an impression of a "face mask" on a beige pillowcase taken from Turner's home, the Bournemouth Echo reported.
Manners also examined Turner's shirt, which had been seized by police after Longley died, and he told the court he found Longley's DNA on the garment.
Manners compared the stains with swabs containing make-up taken from the right side of Longley's face and neck and said it provided "strong support" that they came from the same source, the report said.
And forensic scientist Nicholas Oliver, who also examined Turner's white long sleeved shirt, said he found an area of mucus on the right sleeve of the shirt which in his opinion was probably nasal material from Longley.
' No comment'
Prosecutor Timothy Mousley QC told the court that Turner refused to answer a list of questions by police following Longley's death.
Mousley said police had questioned Turner about his relationship with Longley and having a mallet in a nightclub.
He was also asked about the events leading up to her death, a text he sent to her and texts he sent to his mother.
Turner answered "no comment" to all questions asked by the police, Mousley told the court.
Yesterday medical witnesses told the court Longley could have been strangled in a "sleeper hold" or suffocated with a pillow.
The court also heard that Longley showed no signs to suggest a natural death.
Turner is also accused, together with his parents Leigh Turner, 54, and Anita Turner, 51, of perverting the course of justice. His parents deny the charges.
The trial continues.