Jury sworn in for Supreme Court murder trial

THE NSW Supreme Court trial of a Coffs Harbour man accused of murdering a friend near Baryulgil in November 2013 has begun in Grafton today.

A jury of six men and six women has been sworn in and received instruction from Supreme Court judge Justice Stephen Campbell.

Donald Neil Gordon has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Danial Cotter at Collum Collum Station, west of Baryulgil. But he included that he would plead guilty to manslaughter.

During his instructions to the jury Justice Campbell said the Crown Prosecutor has elected not to accept the manslaughter plea.

The jurors and counsel are expected to visit the scene of the alleged murder on Tuesday to familiarise themselves with the area.

The Crown Prosecutor will begin to give his opening statement at about 2.05pm. The defence barrister, Jason Watts will present his opening statement after that.

This is the third attempt to try Mr Gordon. The first attempt failed when a juror discovered he was related to the accused on the opening day of the trial and the second attempt was called off when the judge became ill early in the proceedings.

Justice Campbell said the trial could continue for three to four weeks.

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