Judge to instruct

THE Supreme Court jury presiding over the fate of accused murderer Mitchell Winefield is expected to begin its deliberations early next week.

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton is due to complete her final instruction to the 12-member panel on Monday.

Winefield is accused of fatally stabbing Nambucca Heads teenager Caleb Jarrett, 18, during a dispute in Mann Street two years ago.

This week the 45-year-old took the stand detailing his version of events from the night of Saturday, February 14, 2009.

The jury heard Winefield had been ‘bickering’ with his defacto and crossed paths with Caleb as he moved a vehicle to the front of his home.

Caleb had been walking up the street with a group of Aboriginal males when the fight erupted.

Winefield said he approached the deceased after hearing a thud on his four-wheel-drive.

“I thought I had hit the person,” Winefield said.

Asked if Caleb said anything to him he responded: “He was telling me to watch where I was ....... going. I heard a number of voices and a group of people walking. I heard (them) yelling ‘hit him, Caleb’.”

Winefield said the man in front of him swung a blow.

“I put my hand up in defence . . . about chin level. I heard something hit the ground.”



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