Murder trial about Gracemere man near to result

THE death of a man after a fight at a Euleilah home in 2012 was the tragic outcome of his opponent defending himself, a murder trial has heard.

Lucas John Scot Bell, 25, has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of his sister Lori's boyfriend, Gracemere's Caine Hammond, 27.

Bundaberg Supreme Court has heard Mr Hammond was knocked unconscious and died two days later.

Defence barrister John McInnes in closing told the jury to convict Bell of murder or manslaughter they had to be satisfied he intended grievous bodily harm to Mr Hammond, and could not.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings told the jury Bell had deliberately scooped the legs out from Mr Hammond to send him to the floor. He said the death had nothing to do with self- defence or an accident.

Justice Duncan McMeekin started his summing up of the case yesterday afternoon.

He told the jury he would send them home for the night then finish his summing up today.



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