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The jury in the murder trial of Kevin Purtill has indicated it is unlikely to be able to reach a unanimous verdict. But the judge told them yesterday he would accept an 11–1 majority verdict, which is likely today.

Mr Purtill is charged with murdering Byron Bay businessman Jack Garda in Lennox Head in 2010 over an alleged drug deal.

Mr Purtill’s brother Warren is already serving time for being an accessory after the fact.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is unusual… either he’s guilty or not guilty, beyond any doubt. How can a judge accept a verdict of 11-1? Will this set a precedent to say that trial-by-jury is now invalid anyway? Beyond all reasonable doubt means EVERYONE agrees, or there is reason to doubt.

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