Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Guilty Verdicts in Daley Case; Jury Takes Less Than an Hour to Deliver Findings over Death of Woman at Iluka

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Guilty Verdicts in Daley Case; Jury Takes Less Than an Hour to Deliver Findings over Death of Woman at Iluka

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ADRIAN Richard Attwater and Paul Eric Maris have been found guilty of crimes relating to the manslaughter of Lynette Daley.

After less than an hour, the jury of 11 found Attwater guilty of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault. Maris was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the discovery of evidence.

Ms Daley, 33, bled to death after having rough sex when camping with Attwater and Maris on Ten Mile Beach, north of Iluka, in January 2011.

In Justice Elizabeth Fullerton's summary at the Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour yesterday, she said Attwater acted in a "willed" and "conscious" way during a sex act on Ms Daley.

Justice Fullerton said Crown prosecutor Phillip Strickland SC submitted to the court the sexual act involved a fist, intensity and repetition, "causing the lacerating injuries to her vagina to which she died".

Justice Fullerton said Attwater's defence barrister, Nathan Steel, argued no fist or thumb was involved and Attwater may not have known the extent of the injury caused. …

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