Retrial for one-punch poker tournament killer

Retrial for one-punch poker tournament killer

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A British man who killed a fellow poker player after a dispute in a car park has been granted a retrial. 25-year-old backpacker Daniel Dean became involved in an argument with 29-year-old Mark Urch, after a poker tournament at the Banjo’s Bar in Shute Harbour, north Queensland, Australia. Urch died after falling to the ground and banging his head after being punched.

In an interview with Detective Senior Constable, Dean said, “He threw a punch so I threw one least one connected.” He said Urch then fell back and hit the ground with “a thud”.

Dean pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, maintaining that he acted in self-defence, but was found guilty by a 12-person jury and sentenced to 7 years in prison. The Briton launched an appeal saying that the judge hadn’t provided “directions on the meaning of the defence of provocation”. The Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo agreed and ordered a retrial at a date that is as yet undecided.


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