Tony James Merritt.
Tony James Merritt. File photo

Jury decides if housemate thrown out window

A JURY has retired to decide if Tony James Merritt is guilty of throwing his housemate out the window of their two storey home and resulting in the man's leg being amputated.

Merritt has pleaded not guilty in Rockhampton District Court to the alleged attack in May 2003, which Gregory Raymond Williams claims left him with only one leg.

The jury retired at 11am today to decide a verdict. At 1.20pm they hadn't returned with a decision.

Mr Williams testified during the first day of evidence last week.

He told the court that because he never cooked Merritt's girlfriend a meal while they were all living together in 2003, Merritt threw him out the window.

Mr Williams, a 50-year-old disabled pensioner, said that he had told people he jumped out the window but that was a lie.

He said he lied because he was scared of Merritt.

Merritt has pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and a charge of willful damage.

Stay tuned: a verdict may be reached today.

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