09 Dec Trial judge acquitted our client of statutory and common law murder
Case: Our client and his co-accused were charged with murder after turning themselves into police. Our client did so after becoming aware that a body was found in Woodville North. Our client told police that they had a scuffle with the deceased the night before. Our client maintained that the scuffle was only brief and the deceased was conscious when they left. The prosecution alleged that the deceased died from neck compression, however, evidence led at the trial left open the possibility that the deceased died from methamphetamine use and/or ischemic heart disease.
Outcome: The trial judge found our client and the co-accused not guilty. The trial judge found that the prosecution had not proved that our client’s conduct caused the deceased’s death nor that our client had an intention to cause grievous bodily harm.