“Recovered Apple smartwatch data, which indicated when a murder victim’s heart stopped beating, will be key prosecution evidence in the case against a South Australian woman charged with killing her mother-in-law, a court has heard,” The Australian Associated Press reports. “Caroline Nilsson has been charged with the bashing murder of Myrna Nilsson, 57, at their Adelaide home in September 2016.”
“At the time of the incident, the 26-year-old told police that her mother-in-law had been attacked by a group of men who had forced their way into the property after a road rage incident,” AAP reports. “About three hours after the reported home invasion, she was found in the street by neighbours with her hands and face bound with tape. But opposing bail on Thursday, prosecutor Carmen Matteo told Adelaide Magistrates Court that it was the crown case that the story Nilsson had concocted was demonstrably false and the home invasion crime scene had been fabricated.”
“Ms Matteo said a forensic expert had analysed the dead woman’s Apple smartwatch and had narrowed the time from when she was attacked to when she died to a seven-minute window,” AAP reports. “She said the data showed a burst of heavy activity, consistent with the woman being the victim of an ‘ambush-type’ attack followed by a period of less activity when she possibly lost consciousness. Ms Matteo said the watch stopped recording the woman’s heart rate soon after.
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MacDailyNews Take: Tragic outcome.
If this is the first time, or one of the first times, data from an Apple Watch has been used to build a murder or other case, it certainly won’t be the last.