Injuries discovered on the remains of a young woman are "consistent with being struck with a rod-type implement", a court has been told.
A detective sergeant made the comments as Jonathan James Creswell (33), who is charged with the murder of Katie Simpson (21), appeared via videolink at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday for a case update.
The officer told the hearing that most witness statements had been taken, with the main outstanding matters relating to forensic and pathology reports.
The court also heard that information relating to another potential complainant had been reported in the last few days.
Deputy District Judge Ann Marshall remanded Creswell in continuing custody to appear again by videolink next month.
A High Court bail application has been adjourned for the preparation of medical and pathology reports.
Creswell is alleged to have attacked Katie on August 3 last year after learning she had spent the night with her boyfriend.
The showjumper, from Middletown, passed away in Altnagelvin Area Hospital just under a week later, having never regained consciousness.
It emerged that Katie had taken out a £10,000 loan which was handed over to Creswell, and while she lay in hospital critically ill, he allegedly also approached her mother for funds.
Her death was initially treated as suicide and the case was delayed amid concerns over the police’s investigation.
Creswell, from Briar Hill Gardens in Greysteel, first appeared before Dungannon Magistrates Court on March 6.
Opposing bail at the time, a detective sergeant said that while the defendant was in a relationship with the victim’s eldest sister, with whom he has two children, he had "controlled Katie since she was nine or 10 and controls other females".
During interview, Creswell claimed that on the morning in question he left home at around 8am, left his children with a relative and returned to his house, believing everyone else had left.
On entering the property, and while talking on the phone, he said: "Oh God. Katie’s hanging. Call an ambulance."
He said he then put into her car and drove out to meet the ambulance.
Phone analysis of the day before the incident revealed frantic texts Katie had sent to her boyfriend, begging him not to tell Creswell of their night together.
Bail was refused on that occasion due to a risk of interference with witnesses, reoffending and potential absconding.