Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Australia: Why did this case go to court?

The description of the gunman did not fit the accused!

A GOLD Coast man has been found not guilty of the attempted murder of a man in a drug deal gone wrong two years ago.

A Supreme Court jury in Brisbane, took two hours to acquit Joshua Paul Thornbury, 27, who had been charged with shooting Jared Blake, 22, at Runaway Bay, on July 7, 2009.

Thornbury had pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and an alternate charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial heard Blake was shot by a man wearing a balaclava as he attempted to flee an area near the Runaway Bay boat ramp, on the Gold Coast.

He had gone there to buy $17,000 worth of ecstasy pills but had a change of heart.

The trial heard the gunman fired two shots into the car one of which struck Blake in the stomach. He drove to a nearby fast food outlet where he collapsed.

Barrister Chris Wilson, for Thornbury, told the jury his client denied he was the shooter and emphasised the major point was a description of the gunman which did not fit Thornbury.

Original report here

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