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Australia NZ man found not guilty over SA murder

09:05  29 november  2019
09:05  29 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A New Zealand man has been found not guilty of the cold-case murder of Robert Sabeckis in Adelaide almost two decades ago, but guilty of manslaughter.

Paul Maroroa admitted to fatally shooting Mr Sabeckis in January 2000 after a struggle over a gun but argued that he acted in self-defence.

A Supreme Court jury on Friday returned the unanimous not guilty verdict to the murder charge but found him guilty of the lesser offence.

Maroroa had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Sabeckis in a car park near Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide.

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In evidence to the South Australian Supreme Court, the 45-year-old said he had been ordered to deliver a shotgun to Mr Sebeckis to clear a drug debt.

But he said when he handed it over, Mr Sebeckis had pointed it at him, ordering him to get into his car and pull his pants down.

Amid fears he would be raped and murdered, a struggle ensued in which Maroroa eventually regained control of the weapon.

He yelled at Mr Sabeckis: "It's done. It's over. Just f***ing stop".

But he said the 42-year-old continued to come at him, "gesturing like he was going to grab my throat".

"That's when I pulled the trigger," Maroroa said.

"Because he was going to kill me. I done everything I could up until that point to stop him.

"If I didn't pull the trigger in that instant I knew he was going to get the better of me."

But prosecutors cast doubts on Maroroa's version of events.

Opening the Crown case earlier this month, prosecutor Sandi McDonald SC told jurors that paramedics found Mr Sabeckis dead with a gaping gunshot wound to his arm and large wounds to his armpit and chest.

His pants were also pulled down and his genitals exposed, in "one final act of humiliation" inflicted by his killer.

Ms McDonald said the shooter fled the scene in the victim's car but quickly lost control and crashed into nearby trees, causing the airbag to go off.

Maroroa was remanded in custody for sentencing submissions in February.

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