The shocked jury member collapsed in her seat and had to be placed on the floor and the case was halted.
The dramatic incident unfolded just ten minutes into the first day of the trial involving defendant Daniel McBride.
It came after judge Mr Justice Akenhead warned the jury: “You will see evidence which some of you, if not all of you, will find shocking and disturbing.”
The distressed woman – who was a spare jury member – collapsed after prosecutor William Mousley QC opened the case at Winchester Crown Court.
McBride, 43, of Southampton, Hants, is accused of killing vulnerable Majella Lynch, 51, after inserting a 400ml bottle of shampoo into her anus.
Mr Mousley said: “On the morning of Friday April 18 last year, Majella Lynch, who was then aged 51, was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain.
“She was very reluctant to say what had lead to this terrible pain.
“However, she did confirm to a nurse that she had been assaulted. She was obviously very scared.
“At hospital she was found to have a full 400ml shampoo bottle in her abdominal cavity. It was removed through surgery but she did not recover and died on April 20.
“The cause of death was infection.
“The bottle could not have been self-inserted because of the extreme pain such an act would have caused.
“There is no suggestion she would have wanted to cause harm or that she sought any sexual gratification from such an act.
“It was forceful and McBride probably used another bottle as a ram rod.
“The prosecution say he was responsible for inserting the bottle which led to her death.
“DNA matching McBride’s profile was found at her flat.”
The court heard McBride was in the “mood for a sexual encounter” that night.
Just moments after the opening statement, the spare juror collapsed.
The trial was halted but resumed after 20 minutes.
Justice Akenhead told the jury: “Let me know if any of you feel woozy.”
McBride, of Southampton, Hants, denies murder.
The trial is expected to last three weeks.
(Via Daily Star)