Freedom for Coe after trial

A LACK of evidence that a stabbing victim was on all fours, defenceless on the ground, when Allen Jason Coe stabbed him in the neck in December 2007, helped lead to Mr Coe walking free from court yesterday.

Mr Coe was acquitted at Bundaberg District Court yesterday after a jury decided he was innocent of a grievous bodily harm charge against him.

His defence attorney, Simon Burgess, appealed to the jury’s “hundreds of years of life experience” to make the “fair verdict”.

Mr Burgess’s main argument was that stabbing victim and pivotal witness Craig Holzberger’s testimony was untrustworthy, and that the wound was on the wrong side of his neck if his account was accurate.

“It’s clearly self defence,” he told the jury.

“What was he supposed to do?”


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