Leigh, thank you first of all for your appreciative comments. …

Comment on Liam Jurrah not guilty by Kieran Finnane.

Leigh, thank you first of all for your appreciative comments.
As for the verdict, 12 minds are better than one – the strength of the jury system. And they were obviously conscientious in their deliberations, taking seven hours and 40 minutes to decide on their ‘not guilty’ verdict. We’ll never know the kind of discussions they had, the sticking points they may have wrestled with, but I think they reached the right decision. I found Liam Jurrah’s version of events, given in his interview with police, credible. And the evidence against him did not seem to me strong enough for a guilty verdict beyond reasonable doubt. I also found persuasive Jon Tippett QC’s argument that Liam Jurrah’s actions to help others on the night (an old man, who gave evidence to the effect, and a 14 year old boy) did not fit with the idea of someone about to carry out a savage assault.

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