Man who killed pedestrian with car appears in court
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.