Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

NEW MURDER Trial BEGINS Supreme Court Trial Starts over; Supreme Court Trial of Donald Gordon Comes Back to Grafton

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

NEW MURDER Trial BEGINS Supreme Court Trial Starts over; Supreme Court Trial of Donald Gordon Comes Back to Grafton

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Byline: Clair Morton clair.morton@dailyexaminer.com.au

THERE was a sense of deja vu as the judge, crown, defence and accused assembled in the Grafton courthouse yesterday in anticipation of the

Supreme Court murder trial over the alleged murder of Clarence Valley man Danial Cotter.

Donald Neil Gordon, from Coffs Harbour, is accused of the murder of his friend near Collum Collum station, west of Baryulgil in November 2013.

Cotter's body was found lying in a ditch at the entrance to the cattle station on the morning of November 7, 2013, having died of significant head injuries including multiple skull and facial fractures.

If this sounds familiar, it may be because the murder trial got under way twice last year.

Opening statements were first heard in the Grafton courthouse on March 2, 2016, but the entire jury was dismissed the next day after it was revealed one of the jurors was related to the alleged victim.

It was heard that the relationship between Cotter and the juror was unknown to the juror himself until the night before, and Supreme Court judge Justice Stephen Campbell stressed there had been no misconduct on his part. …

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