COURT BOUND: Adrian Attwater arrives at Coffs Harbour Police Station before going to the Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour.
COURT BOUND: Adrian Attwater arrives at Coffs Harbour Police Station before going to the Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour. Frank Redward

Attwater, Maris found guilty in manslaughter case

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.

ADRIAN Richard Attwater and Paul Eric Maris were found guilty of crimes relating to the manslaughter of Lynette Daley.

After just hours, the jury of 11 found Attwater, 42, guilty of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.

Maris, 47, was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the discovery of evidence.

Ms Daley bled to death aged 33 after having rough sex when camping with Attwater and Maris on Ten Mile Beach, north of Iluka, in January 2011.

In Justice Elizabeth Fullerton's summary at the Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday, she said Attwater acted in a "willed” and "conscious” way when performing a sex act on Ms Daley.

Justice Fullerton said Crown prosecutor Phillip Strickland SC, submitted to the court the sexual act involved a fist, intensity and repetition "causing the lacerating injuries to her vagina to which she died”.

Justice Fullerton said Attwater's defence barrister, Nathan Steel, argued no fist or thumb was involved and Attwater may not have known the extent of the injury caused.

She said Mr Steel also submitted Ms Daley may have bled to death after a blood clot dislodged when swimming.

But Justice Fullerton said the Crown argued a bloody thumb print on the troop carrier the trio were in was a good indication of how much hand was in Ms Daley's vagina.

She said there was no disputing a lack of medical attention at the time accelerated the mother-of-seven's death.

Paul Maris arrives at Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he was led through to the Court House.
Paul Maris arrives at Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he was led through to the Court House. Frank Redward

The jury was also left to consider whether Maris intended to burn bloodied items.

The court heard the Crown alleged Maris burned items bloodied with Ms Daley's blood "intending to hinder the discovery of evidence”.

Justice Fullerton said the Crown submitted Maris's actions reflected intent after pulling up near the shoreline, bleeding diesel from the troop carrier and burning bloodstained items.

She said Maris's defence lawyer, Alex Radojev, argued he would not have burned anything if he thought something was wrong and the low light of the early morning would have limited Mr Maris from seeing the bloodstains.

Justice Fullerton said Mr Radojev submitted to the court Maris burned items including the mattress, clothing of Ms Daley's and other rubbish because they were "strongly odorous”.

Both Attwater and Maris were bail refused.

The sentence hearing has been listed for November 3.



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