Mother tells how violent death tore her family apart

PORTRAIT: A photo of Caine Hammond. Photo: contributed
PORTRAIT: A photo of Caine Hammond. Photo: contributed contributed

A 25-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Caine Hammond, 28, after a jury was unable to reach a verdict following the murder trial into his death.

The six male six female jury was dismissed shortly after 11am this morning when they failed to reach a unanimous decision on day eight of the trial.

Lucas John Scot Bell pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing Mr Hammond in the kitchen of Bell's parent's home at Euleilah on April 27, 2012 after an argument and scuffle between the pair escalated.

The court heard during an incident in the kitchen, the medical evidence indicated it was when Bell lifted Mr Hammond up and he fell onto the cement floor or when Bell punched Hammond while he lay on the floor that resulted in Mr Hammond sustaining a subdural hematoma.

Mr Hammond failed to regain consciousness and died two days later in hospital.

Mr Hammond's mother Sandra Prickett sat with three of her sons throughout the sentencing and was clearly upset by the six year sentence handed to Bell.

"You murdered my son," she yelled at Bell as she left the court room.

PORTRAIT: A photo of Sandra Pricket, Caine Hammond and his brother Sam. Photo: contributed
PORTRAIT: A photo of Sandra Pricket, Caine Hammond and his brother Sam. Photo: contributed contributed

Mrs Prickett spoke to the NewsMail as she left the Bundaberg Supreme Court and remembered a son who was kind, loving and always there for his family.

"He didn't deserve to die like that, on a dirty kitchen floor surrounded by strangers," she said.

"He wasn't perfect but he was the perfect son to me."

Mr Hammond had found out on the Monday prior to his death that he had been accepted to start a boiler maker apprenticeship.

"He was turning his life around," Mrs Prickett said.

Mrs Prickett said her son's death had devastated her family, she'd since struggled with depression, had lost her home and was unable to care for her wheelchair bound son Sam.

"I don't sleep more than three hours a night," she said.

"Caine used to help me look after Sammy.

"Sammy is living with strangers now because I can't look after him without Caine's help."

In sentencing Bell, Justice Duncan McMeekin said that in every sense it was a tragedy and that before the lead up and incident that ended Mr Hammond's life, the victim and the defendant had been friends until an explosion of anger and violence resulted in death.

"Any sentence will serve inadequate for a human life," he said.

"The family will feel their loss has not been vindicated."

Bell will be eligible for parole on September 17, 2015.

Topics:  bell bundaberg court

Witnesses claim couple were 'thrown' from car after crash

Ambulance generic

The crash happened about 2pm with no injuries reported

Woman taken to hospital after crash

Woman taken to hospital in stable condition

Fuel attracting recreational flyers to Gayndah

FILLING UP: A pilot refuels at the Gayndah airfield.

Reopened aerodrome drawing more planes.

Local Partners

Get help at financial info day

A FREE information day to help anyone in need of financial help or advice is being held today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track