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Three teens found not guilty over fatal Gold Coast stabbing

Three teens arrested over 17-year-old Jack Beasley’s fatal stabbing on the Gold Coast have walked free from court after being found not guilty of manslaughter.

Jul 07, 2022, updated Jul 07, 2022
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The trio were among five teens – aged between 15 and 18 at the time – who were charged after Jack died in December 2019, barely two weeks before Christmas.

Jack was stabbed in the heart after a fight broke out between his group and the five teens in Surfers Paradise.

The three teens had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and two counts of grievous bodily harm at a judge-only Supreme Court trial.

Justice Soraya Ryan retired to consider a verdict on May 25 when the eight-day trial concluded.

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She found them not guilty on all counts on Thursday.

A teen – who was 15 at the time – in May pleaded guilty to murder and two counts of committing malicious acts with intent.

Another teenager – who was 17 back in 2019 – pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of grievous bodily harm in April.

 

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