Brown given life in prison

MAXWELL Ronald Brown has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in jail.

A Supreme Court jury in Rockhampton returned their verdict shortly after 8pm last night.

Brown had pleaded not guilty to the brutal bashing of 16-yearold Camilla George outside the Church of Christ in William Street on April 18 which caused her to die in hospital a week later.

The jury retired around 3.30pm yesterdayafter sitting through a six-day trial.

It's alleged Brown bashed the 16-year-old, who he is said to have raised, outside the church between 12.18am and 1.30am on April 18 following an argument about her paint sniffing.

He allegedly admitted punching Camilla in a police interview conducted two days later and traces of her blood were found on his clothes.

Her blood was also found splattered on the steps of the church and on nearby palm trees. But in his closing address defence barrister Greg McGuire told the court the prosecution had not proved his client's guilt. He said his client admitted to punching the girl three or four times in the chin but did not admit to causing fatal injuries, claiming some other person may have camelater and bashed her.

Mr McGuire said the accused had been caught on video camera walking along East Street in the direction of the church with Camilla at 12.28am and walking back alone at 1.30am.

But he said witnesses claimed to have heard a girl, believed to be Camilla, screaming after 2am.



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