Jury delivers not guilty verdict in GBH trial

YEPPOON'S Jonathon Peter Grice has been found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Clay Boyd.

The jury delivered its verdict in the Rockhampton District Court this afternoon following a seven-day trial.

Mr Grice, 23, was accused of king hitting Mr Boyd, 22, and fracturing his nose on the night of December 22, 2012, at the Marsden Hotel in Yeppoon.

Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco argued throughout the trial that Mr Grice never wanted to be involved in a fight that night and that he acted in self-defence.

CCTV footage from the night was played to the court numerous times, showing Mr Grice punching Mr Boyd in the face in the corridor of the hotel just after 1.30am.

Mr Lo Monaco said that an altercation between Mr Boyd and Mr Grice occurred in the bathroom of the hotel hours before the king hit and that self-defence didn't mean you had to be hit first, it could be pre-emptive.

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