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October 19, 2021

Man acquitted despite murder confession

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A man charged after 53-year-old Nicole Wheat was bashed to death at a property near Tomewin four years ago has walked free from court.

Gary Blackman, who was the woman’s partner, confessed to police and has since been in custody awaiting trial.

But Mr Blackman has was acquitted in the Supreme Court last month after a judge ruled the prosecution couldn’t prove his admissions weren’t the result of violent threats by a key witness in the case, the ABC has reported.

The case has now reopened and police are again looking for additional information over the murder.


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