Divided jury dismissed over alleged flatmate murder

A JURY was unable to make a unanimous decision on whether Paul Gathercole intended to murder his flatmate Coffs Harbour man Robbie Joseph Charles.

The trial for came to an end this week but after about two days deliberating, the jury informed the judge they were unable to make a unanimous decision.

The jury was then dismissed.

Mr Gathercole was accused of murdering Mr Charles, who was found sprawled out the front of a unit on the Gold Coast in 2014 after being stabbed in his stomach.

During the trial, evidence emerged that Mr Gathercole had admitted to police that he had "stabbed my best mate".

The jury heard during the trial that Mr Gathercole could not remember the alleged stabbing; only that he had lost his temper.

The jury was asked to determine whether Mr Gathercole was guilty of intending to kill Mr Charles or cause him grievous bodily harm.

The case remains before the Brisbane Supreme Court.

- APN NEWSDESK


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