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Richard Henry Patterson, 65, who lives in Florida, is on trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, on 28 October 2015. The charge is that he strangled her.

His defence is that she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex. And he wants a judge’s permission to show the jury his penis – whether flaccid or not isn’t clear.

Commenting on the case a lawyer, who is uninvolved with the trial, said the removal of clothing probably wasn’t necessary: “Really, couldn’t they just make a mold or something?”