Window push claims new trial
TONY James Merritt will face a new trial after a jury yesterday failed to decide if he threw his housemate out of their two-storey home, resulting in the man’s leg being amputated.
Merritt was on trial in Rockhampton District Court after pleading not guilty for the alleged 2003 attack on Gregory Raymond Williams.
Jury members deliberated for two days before returning to tell Judge Grant Britton they could not reach a verdict.
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 May 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. “... I was scared Tony would come back and get me if I told them.”
Merritt will face another trial for a charge of causing grievous bodily harm and one of wilful damage.