Manslaughter sentence delivered
MITCHELL Anthony Winefield, the man found guilty of the manslaughter of Nambucca Heads teenager Caleb Jarrett, is expected to learn his fate today.
Winefield, 45, yesterday appeared for sentence before NSW Supreme Court Judge Justice Elizabeth Fullerton in the Bellingen Court House.
Justice Fullerton accepted written submissions from the crown and defence, including victim impact statements and adjourned the hearing to consider a sentence.
The court is set to reconvene this morning at 10am.
Winefield was last month cleared by a jury of murder, but convicted of manslaughter.
During a 15-day trial, the jury heard witness accounts of an altercation between Winefield and Mr Jarrett in Mann St, Nambucca Heads, just before midnight on February 14, 2009.
Mr Jarrett suffered multiple stab wounds during a scuffle outside Winefield’s home.
Under oath, a friend of the 18-year-old who was walking a short distance behind Mr Jarrett in Mann St at the time, said he saw Winefield armed with a knife.
On the day Winefield was found guilty of manslaughter, Justice Fullerton noted the importance of bringing finality to the matter to ensure “closure” for the Jarrett family and the Nambucca Heads community.
Since the case went to trial, the Jarrett family has endured a lengthy legal process.
The jury in an earlier Supreme Court murder trial was unable to reach a verdict last year.