Rambo film no defence for murder
MELBOURNE: A Melbourne man who insists he was watching a Rambo film when his mate was killed maintains his innocence despite a jury finding him guilty of murder.
Christopher John Lavery, 31, was in August found guilty of murdering James Russouw in March 2008.
The 24-year-old was stabbed in the neck and set alight inside his Jeep at a suburban Burwood East sports ground.
A Supreme Court jury rejected Lavery’s claim he was at the cinema, finding he killed and robbed his friend to help fund a gambling debt.
During the four-week trial, Lavery said a ‘‘dirty rat’’ falsely dobbed him in after Victoria Police advertised a $1 million reward for information leading to a conviction.
Prosecutors say Lavery targeted Mr Russouw because he was carrying a large amount of cash that night. Justice Weinberg said he would consider his sentence for at least a week.