Byron manslaughter charge dropped

SAMUEL Buultjens will not stand trial over the bashing death of 30-year-old Irish travel- ler Colm Kenny in Byron Bay because a jury could not safely convict the 20-year-old of man- slaughter.

Lismore magistrate Robyn Denes found any jury decision convicting Mr Buultjens would be an “unsafe verdict” on the grounds evidence given by some witnesses was likely to be an issue of “hindsight bias”.

Mr Buultjens, from Newrybar, put his head in his hands in relief as the decision registered that he was a free man. The four Irish friends of the deceased immediately walked from the court.

It was also revealed Mr Kenny was not the man who threw a pie into a woman's face that night.

Ms Denes found the case circumstantial, saying Crown prosecutor Brendan Queenan had (correctly) pointed out that Mr Buultjens acknowledged 'good character' and honesty in coming forward to police.



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