Ac­quit­tal shocks in stab case

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A NOR­WE­GIAN man has been ac­quit­ted of killing his exboyfriend, whom he stabbed six times, af­ter a Bris­bane jury found he acted in self-de­fence.

Thomas Lys­gaard was on trial for mur­der­ing the “love of his life” Aaron Joseph Ste­wart dur­ing an ar­gu­ment about money and the di­vi­sion of prop­erty at their Spring Hill unit on April 4, 2015.

The Bris­bane Supreme Court jury shocked fam­ily and sup­port­ers of the dead man when they found Lys­gaard not guilty yes­ter­day of both mur­der and man­slaugh­ter.

The ver­dicts prompted out­rage and gasps of dis­be­lief within the court room where many had sat through­out the trial.

“You gut­less pricks,” one man said.

Dur­ing three days of ev­i­dence the jury heard the 8cm blade of the kitchen knife Lys­gaard wielded had pierced Mr Ste­wart’s heart and lungs, caus­ing him to quickly bleed to death.

The 39-year-old, who was still liv­ing with Mr Ste­wart although they had bro­ken up months ear­lier, said he had been “drunk and scared”.

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