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

04:56  20 november  2019
04:56  20 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A man has been found not guilty of murdering a burglar and convicted rapist he found inside his Newcastle home. Slater – who had scarring to his heart because of regular drug use, suffered liver disease and was obese – suffered a cardiac arrest after the attack but was revived by paramedics.

The Newcastle Supreme Court jury found Batterham, who spent two months in prison after his arrest before being granted bail, not guilty of murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter. Slater suffered a cardiac arrest following the attack but was revived by paramedics, but had another two cardiac

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.© ABC News Images 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. 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 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.

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Martin Keenan had denied murder of man he found in his bedroom. The Central Criminal Court heard that Mr Keenan and his wife had returned home that night to find “Common knowledge will have told the homeowner that certain burglaries are committed by drug addicts, whose behaviour

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

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

Slater's family could be heard yelling and screaming as they left the court.

The court heard that following the burglary, Mr Batterham chased Mr Slater 330 metres down the street and a struggle ensued.

Slater bit Mr Batterham as the fight between the pair then escalated, the jury was told.

Slater had three heart attacks, lost consciousness and died in hospital after his life support was turned off.

During the trial, the Crown argued Mr Batterham choked Slater to death.

But Mr Batterham's lawyers said Slater died from organ failure as a result of his obesity, an undiagnosed heart condition and the toxic levels of the drug ice in his system.

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

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When Cavanagh found out his wife was using dating website Match.com, he accessed her account to sabotage her profile. Jurors were shown a series of The court heard he went through her handbag to get her bank cards so that he could get cash out for himself in the early hours of the morning.

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Justice Desmond Fagan spent several hours directing the jury and told them the chokehold on Slater would normally constitute an assault but they had to decide if it was an unlawful act during a citizen's arrest.

He said Mr Batterham was permitted by law to use reasonable force to detain someone who had committed an offence and stop them from escaping until police arrived.

Justice Fagan said Mr Batterham would be not guilty if he believed he was defending himself from being bitten and attacked.

During the trial, the jury were read a letter from Mr Batterham which said he was angry at the time, but had no intention of killing Slater.

"I wanted to apprehend him and get back was stolen," the letter read.

In 2016, Slater's mother, Beryl Dickson, said it was a tragedy that his children would grow up without a father.

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