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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    A guilty verdict for a man who beat his friend to death with a cricket bat

    A guilty verdict for a man who beat his friend to death with a cricket bat


    The Otago Daily Times reports John Collins has been on trial at the High Court at Dunedin for more than a week - accused of killing 45 year old Brent Bacon in February 2019.

    But the jury took only an hour to return a unanimous verdict this afternoon.

    The 39-year-old may now spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    During the trial, Collins argued self-defence, saying Bacon confronted him with a pair of scissors.

    But the Crown Prosecutor said Collins hit his victim until the cricket bat broke.

    He will be sentenced in May.

    © 2021 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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