Man guilty of Karran murder says he didn't intend to kill

A MAN who "mentally snapped" when he bashed his mate and left him to die under a doona has argued he did not intend to murder.

Peter Edward Bacon was sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of murdering Paul Karran in Gladstone in January 2010.

Police found Mr Karran's battered body a few days after his death.

Bacon, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder in the Supreme Court in April, has applied to appeal his conviction.

Bacon's barrister Soraya Ryan told the Court of Appeal Bacon's grounds for appeal related to the questionable admissibility of a letter and text messages and his prior violent conduct used as evidence in his trial.

Mrs Ryan also outlined Bacon's post-offence conduct, including covering Karran's body with a doona, as a ground for appeal.

The jury in Bacon's murder trial were shown a letter from Bacon to his former girlfriend.

Bacon wrote he had "mentally snapped" and "caved Paully's head in".

The court heard Bacon had strangled his girlfriend in a fight on January 25, 2010 - three days before the murder - and Mr Karran had intervened.

Mrs Ryan said there was no "material connection" between the fight and the murder, which was highlighted to the jury in Bacon's trial.

But Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle argued the connection was relevant as the conflict left Bacon angry and he then directed that at Mr Karran.

It showed a particular level of anger and what caused Bacon to engage in violence, Mr Boyle said.

The Court of Appeal reserved its judgment.



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