Perth jury out over NZer's death
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 5:08p.m.
A West Australian Supreme Court jury is considering its verdict in the trial of a 152kg bouncer accused of murdering a New Zealand man by pushing him out of a second-storey hotel window.
Stefan Pahia Schmidt, 26, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Andrew Marshall, 29, who fell to his death on May 8, 2011.
Schmidt, who is trained in boxing and kick-boxing, does not deny pushing Mr Marshall through the window of the Ocean Beach Hotel in Perth's upmarket Cottesloe but says his death was an accident.
Mr Marshall was a cousin of slain Manawatu farmer Scott Guy. The trial of Mr Guy's brother-in-law Ewen Macdonald for murder is continuing in the Wellington High Court.
In his closing address to the Perth jury on Tuesday, defence lawyer Tom Percy conceded Schmidt should not have fled the pub as Mr Marshall lay dying on the footpath outside.
Mr Marshall had been talking to two girls with his back to the window when Schmidt approached and told the women - whom he knew - to go home.
He also told Mr Marshall to "f*** off" and then pushed him after Mr Marshall allegedly said something in reply.
The jury retired at 11.45am (Perth time) on Wednesday.
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