Man who killed pedes­trian with car ap­pears in court

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A KINGS Mead­ows man who killed a pedes­trian with his car, but was found not guilty of mur­der by a jury be­cause of “insanity” has ap­peared in the Supreme Court in Launce­s­ton.

Joshua Josef Barker, 31, ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Robert Pearce by video link from Ris­don Prison yes­ter­day.

He stood trial charged with mur­der and as­sault in Septem­ber af­ter he hit and killed Dale James Wat­son with his car in Prospect Vale on March 9 and as­saulted a courier driver the same day. He has re­mained in cus­tody while a re­port was pre­pared by psy­chi­a­trists to as­sist Mr Pearce in sen­tenc­ing Mr Barker over the death of Mr Wat­son de­spite the not guilty verdict. It is ex­pected the re­port will rec­om­mend court or­ders that should be made for Mr Barker be­fore his po­ten­tial re­lease from prison or trans­fer to a treat­ment fa­cil­ity. Yes­ter­day, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Linda Ma­son, de­fence lawyer Evan Hughes and Mr Pearce dis­cussed how the sen­tenc­ing re­port and rec­om­men­da­tions would be used. The case was ad­journed to Novem­ber 29.

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