Jury still deciding fate of stabbing murder accused
UPDATE: A JURY is still deciding the fate of Paul Gathercole who is accused of murdering Coffs Harbour man Robbie Joseph Charles.
The trial for came to an end on Monday when lawyers finished their closing arguments.
On Tuesday the jury asked the judge technical legal questions before returning to deliberations.
Mr Charles was found out the front of a unit on the Gold Coast in 2014 after being stabbed in his stomach.
During the trial that started last week, evidence emerged that Mr Gathercole had admitted to police that he had "stabbed my best mate".
It was also heard during the trial that they had been drinking.
The jury is still deciding whether Mr Gathercole intended to kill Mr Charles.
EARLIER: THE fate of Paul Gathercole who is accused of murdering a Coffs Harbour man is in the hands of a jury.
The trial ended yesterday as lawyers finished their closing arguments.
Mr Gathercole is accused murdering Robbie Joseph Charles, who was found sprawled out the front of a unit on the Gold Coast in 2014 after being stabbed in his stomach.
During the trial, which started last week, evidence emerged that Mr Gathercole had admitted to police that he had "stabbed my best mate".
The court also heard Mr Charles, his partner Vanessa Heath and Mr Gathercole had been drinking during the day and returned to the unit after about 10pm.
Prosecutor Michael Lehane said a security guard who saw Mr Gathercole leaving a surf club earlier that night thought the accused was in a distressed state.
Mr Lehane said it was obvious that an issue had been festering for Mr Gathercole.
But defence barrister Robert East said other bar staff claimed Mr Gathercole had been walking in a straight line that night and was fine to serve drinks.
Mr East said suggestions from the prosecution that Mr Gathercole was a "ticking time bomb" were "idiotic".
Meanwhile, Mr Lehane said evidence had shown Mr Gathercole knew he was vulnerable to the effects of binge drinking and that he had murderous intention.
But Mr East said Mr Gathercole always claimed Mr Charles was his best mate.
He said Mr Gathercole spoke highly of his friend when police interviewed him and did not try to make up stories about what happened that night or allege that Mr Charles had a violence past, which a "cunning" person would do.
He said Mr Gathercole could not remember the alleged stabbing but admitted he had lost his temper.
Mr East also said Mr Gathercole said to police officers: "I didn't even know why, why I did it".
Mr Gathercole also said he could not remember what the argument was about.
The jury is considering the verdict.
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