Man not guilty of stab­bing charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

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.”

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