Four guilty of man­slaugh­ter in park death

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

FOUR Samoans have been cleared of mur­der­ing Cow­boys star Johnathan Thurston’s un­cle in a Bris­bane park but were found guilty of man­slaugh­ter.

Vaai Saua Eme­lio, 1 9 , Lik­isone Siliga, 26, Len Ju­nior Wil­son, 19, and a ju­ve­nile who was 15 at the time and can­not be named, all pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Bris­bane to the mur­der of Richard Saun­ders on Oc­to­ber 25, 2008.

A jury yes­ter­day found t h e m n o t g u i l t y o f Mr Saun­ders’ mur­der but guilty of man­slaugh­ter.

Emilio was al s o f ound guilty of one count of ag­gra­vated as­sault, with Siliga and Wil­son each con­victed of two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and one of com­mon as­sault. The ju­ve­nile was also con­victed of two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and one of com­mon as­sault.

The as­sault charges re­lated to at­tacks on Harold Bond and Gor­don Wil­lis, who were with Mr Saun­ders.

The court heard the four were part of a group that set upon Mr Saun­ders in a Bris­bane sub­ur­ban park.

The court heard the at­tack w a s r e t r i b u t i o n f o r a n ear­lier run-in be­tween some younger Samoans and oth­ers in Mr Saun­ders’ group.

Four o t her s , i ncl udi ng 20-year-old Salomona Ju­nior Ti­etie and three ju­ve­niles, p l e a d e d g u i l t y t o ma n - slaugh­ter at the start of the trial.

All eight will be sen­tenced in May.

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