Jury begins deliberations on Gatton pub fight death

A JURY will begin their deliberations today to determine the fate of a man who is accused of murdering Laurence Shane Black during a Gatton pub fight.

Christopher James Earl, 29, has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering Mr Black, 46, at the Imperial Hotel on October 28, 2011.

Crown Prosecutor Brendan Campbell reminded the jury on Tuesday multiple independent witnesses had told the court during the trial the level of violence they saw Earl inflict on Mr Black.

"Laurence Shane Black was killed in a sustained attack," he said.

"You would be right in calling Earl's behaviour appalling.

"It is not disputed Earl punched, kicked and stomped on the lifeless body of Mr Black as he lay unconscious and dying on the ground.

"The level of violence was unspeakable."

Mr Campbell said Mr Black's death was not an accident as Earl's defence team had alluded to.

"It is not just about the fatal blow," he said.

"You also need to consider the constellation of injuries Earl inflicted on Mr Black.

"This was no accident. This man (Earl) inflicted considerable violence on a defenceless and unconscious man which resulted in his death."

Mr Campbell said the level of violence shown in Earl's attack would leave no doubt in any reasonable person's mind of his intentions the night Mr Black was killed.

"It is not like the movies where the hero encounters unspeakable violence only to get up and save the world," he said.

"This is the real world with real world consequences."

Earl's barrister Robert East will address the jury this morning before they receive instructions from Justice Peter Applegarth about their responsibilities as jury members.

They will then retire to consider their verdict.

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