Four guilty of manslaughter in park death
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.