Man not guilty of stabbing charges
A MAN accused of stabbing his friend of more than 30 years in the neck after an argument has been found not guilty of attempted murder.
A Supreme Court jury in Townsville took three hours yesterday to decide Rodney Ross Munro, 51, was not guilty of trying to kill his mate.
The verdict followed a fourday trial in which Mr Munro was accused of trying to kill David John White, 52, by stabbing him at Mr White’s Condon home on January 12, 2014.
The jury also found Mr Munro not guilty of the lesser charges of a malicious act with intent and an act intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
Outside court yesterday, Mr Munro ( pictured) told the Bulletin that he believed justice had been served.
“I’m very relieved it’s all over ... I just spent 18 months in prison,” he said.
“My daughter was in court with me all this time and I couldn’t look at her because I was just worrying about the big sentence if I was convicted.”
Mr Munro and Mr White had both been at a gathering at Kelso where they had been drinking heavily on the night of the incident.
Mr White returned home first, followed a short time later by Mr Munro who was staying with Mr White at the time.
Crown Prosecutor Jacob Robson alleged that Mr White asked Mr Munro to leave his house before Mr Munro stabbed Mr White in the neck as he lay on the lounge.
The jury was asked to consider whether Mr Munro intended to kill or seriously injure Mr White.
Defence Barrister Harvey Walters argued that his client had no intent to kill or wound and the stabbing was a result of two drunk men becoming involved in an altercation.
Mr Munro spent 18 months in custody as the matter went through the courts before he was released yesterday.
Mr Munro said his friendship with the man he was accused of stabbing had been permanently fractured.
“It ( the friendship) ended ( from) the time I went to prison, it ended there,” he said yesterday.
“For 30 years ( we were friends) ... and he turns against you overnight.
“I’m just waiting for my daughter to pick me up and then I’ll move on with my life.”