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Australia Man found not guilty of murdering burglar who stole wife's handbag

03:46  20 november  2019
03:46  20 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Trial of man charged over cold case murder at Maslin Beach hears he acted in self-defence

  Trial of man charged over cold case murder at Maslin Beach hears he acted in self-defence A South Australian Supreme Court jury has heard that a New Zealand man accused of murdering Robert Sabeckis at Maslin Beach almost 20 years ago will argue he acted in self-defence.Paul Beveridge Maroroa, 44, has pleaded not guilty to the shooting murder of Mr Sabeckis at a car park at Maslin Beach, in Adelaide's south, on January 13, 2000.

a man wearing sunglasses: Benjamin Batterham was visibly relieved when the verdicts were read out. (Facebook) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Benjamin Batterham was visibly relieved when the verdicts were read out. (Facebook) A man accused of killing a burglar who broke into his home and stole his wife's handbag has been found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

Benjamin Batterham, 36, spent two weeks on trial in Newcastle Supreme Court over the 2016 death of Richard Slater, 34, who broke into his home and stole his wife's handbag.

Mr Batterham was charged with murder on the basis he intended to kill Mr Slater when he performed a citizen's arrest after the burglary.

There was also a back-up charge of manslaughter as the Crown argued he acted illegally and went too far.

However today a jury found Mr Batterham not guilty of both offences.

Upon hearing the verdicts, he clasped his hands and appeared relieved.

More to come.

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