Supreme Court jury finds Peta Airini Nocon not guilty of manslaughter. Peta leaving Rockhampton Court House.
Supreme Court jury finds Peta Airini Nocon not guilty of manslaughter. Peta leaving Rockhampton Court House. Sharyn O'Neill

Knife-wielder a free woman

PETA Airini Nocon walked from court, hand in hand with her father, a free woman yesterday.

Head upright she didn't speak to the congregated media waiting outside the Rockhampton courthouse.

Moments earlier a jury had found the 20-year-old woman not guilty of the manslaughter of her former fiancé Dylan James Scattergood.

She'd wiped tears from her eyes after Justice Duncan McMeekin told her she was free to go following her trial in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton.

Ms Nocon stabbed Mr Scattergood with a foot-long knife during an argument on August 13, 2009.

He died the following day from blood loss.

Speaking outside of the court, Dylan's sister, Melissa Scattergood, spoke on behalf of the dead man's family.

"Obviously we are extremely disappointed with the outcome," Melissa said.

"We all know who my brother was and what he was capable of and we just don't think the accused's account is actually accurate of the events.

"We'd like to thank the Gladstone police department and the prosecution for working so tirelessly on this case."

During the trial, which started on Monday, the jury heard Ms Nocon and Mr Scattergood were arguing on the morning of August 13 at her parent's Boyne Island home where they were living.

They had broken off their engagement but were still staying together.

The court heard the couple became involved in an altercation which eventuated in Mr Scattergood being stabbed.

The jury was asked to determine the motive for the stabbing and whether or not it was an act of self defence or an accident.



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