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Eastman sacks lawyers, inquiry stalls

By Barcham - 22 April 2013 40

Convicted killer David Eastman has sacked his lawyers and demanded the head of the inquiry into his case stand aside reports ABC News.

Eastman is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989.

Justice Kevin Duggan in leading the inquiry into the infamous case, and has refused to step aside.

Eastman appeared at today’s hearing by video link from jail to tell the inquiry that he would be representing himself.

Almost immediately he clashed with Justice Duggan who had to repeatedly ask him not to interrupt.

Eastman was concerned Justice Duggan’s questioning of his former barrister John Harris about his availability for the case, if circumstances changed, would trespass on his right to privacy.

Eastman also told the inquiry he was concerned about a perception of bias from Justice Duggan.

His concern is that a key member of the team assisting Justice Duggan also worked on the Miles Inquiry into his case in 2005.

That inquiry dealt with Eastman’s fitness to plead at his original trial.

“I am entitled to apply to the Supreme Court for a writ of prohibition,” he said, after accusing Justice Duggan of failing to respond appropriately and asking him to stand down.

“You have continued to sit for three months without ruling on this issue.”

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Eastman sacks lawyers, inquiry stalls
liability 7:01 pm 22 Apr 13

Whilst I have serious doubts about Eastman being responsible for the Winchester murder, the guy is clearly a fruitloop.

I have had some dealings with him post his conviction and the guy is a loony. He is one of those prisoners who likes “bronzing up” on a regular basis just to piss off the correctional staff.

It is open to argument how bad he was before his imprisonment, but he is definitely a nutter now.

If he was innocent I could understand, to some intent, how his imprisonment for an offence that he thinks he didn’t commit would send him crazy/crazier.

As many others have said, if he had stuck with one competent lawyer during his trial he might be a free man today.

Pork Hunt 6:37 pm 22 Apr 13

bundah said :

Pork Hunt said :

bundah said :

Roundhead89 said :

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

If he’s criminally insane then all the more reason for him to remain incarcerated.

Bundah, the whole point of the exercise is not if he is mad but whether he pulled the trigger on Eastman?
The answer to the first question may well be yes but the second…

Agreed and i must admit that my comment was a little flippant.I share a similar sentiment to many others who are not convinced that he did pull the trigger however we didn’t sit through the 85 day trial where he was found guilty.Was there a travesty of justice? well i guess we are going to find out soon enough and i look forward to the outcome.

The enquiry has stalled so we won’t find out soon enough. Eastman might think he’s innocent but must secretly like being locked up.

bundah 5:54 pm 22 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

bundah said :

Roundhead89 said :

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

If he’s criminally insane then all the more reason for him to remain incarcerated.

Bundah, the whole point of the exercise is not if he is mad but whether he pulled the trigger on Eastman?
The answer to the first question may well be yes but the second…

Agreed and i must admit that my comment was a little flippant.I share a similar sentiment to many others who are not convinced that he did pull the trigger however we didn’t sit through the 85 day trial where he was found guilty.Was there a travesty of justice? well i guess we are going to find out soon enough and i look forward to the outcome.

johnboy 5:25 pm 22 Apr 13

And if you were unstable, and unpleasant, but innocent of a high profile assassination, getting fitted up for it would probably tip you over the edge.

caf 5:24 pm 22 Apr 13

Dilandach said :

If I was an innocent, I certainly wouldn’t be doing things that were to work against my own case at every opportunity.

Sure, but you’re also not as mad as a March hare.

Tooks 5:12 pm 22 Apr 13

Roundhead89 said :

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

You make it sound like he’s batshit crazy, sitting in his cell all day trying to chew his own face and rubbing his poo on the walls. There’s no denying he’s mentally unwell, but he is also very intelligent and I think he knows exactly what he’s doing (doesn’t mean it would make sense to anyone else though). If he is so mentally ill, then maybe they should hurry up and get on with the inquiry without him. I doubt he has much to contribute anyway.

As for comparing a cannabis smuggler to a murderer…not quite sure what to say to that. What compassionate grounds would you think are applicable to Eastman? As it stands, he is a convicted murderer. Until that is proven otherwise, he deserves jack s***.

Pork Hunt 4:57 pm 22 Apr 13

bundah said :

Roundhead89 said :

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

If he’s criminally insane then all the more reason for him to remain incarcerated.

Bundah, the whole point of the exercise is not if he is mad but whether he pulled the trigger on Eastman?
The answer to the first question may well be yes but the second…

shauno 4:46 pm 22 Apr 13

Roundhead89 said :

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

So I take it you would have no problems if they released Ivan Milat as well since he is obviously insane eating razor blades and chopping his finger off for amusement.

bundah 4:42 pm 22 Apr 13

Roundhead89 said :

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

If he’s criminally insane then all the more reason for him to remain incarcerated.

Roundhead89 4:35 pm 22 Apr 13

Eastman was already mentally disabled and I would imagine that after 18 years in jail he would now be classified as criminally insane – severe mental illness induced or exacerbated by incarceration.

If the push is on to release Schapelle Corby on compassionate grounds then Eastman should also be released.

Dilandach 4:04 pm 22 Apr 13

johnboy said :

He’s certainly an arsehole in my opinion.

whether he’s guilty or not I’m less certain of.

I’m curious, what part makes you doubt his guilt? There have been many trials, inquests… evidence and he’s not exactly making things easy for all involved, he seems determined to drag the process on as long as possible. If I was an innocent, I certainly wouldn’t be doing things that were to work against my own case at every opportunity.

Seems not to be the actions of a guy who wants to clear his name, more like the actions of a guy who was caught and is angry at the world for whatever reason and seems to want to punish everyone in whatever way he can.

poptop 3:52 pm 22 Apr 13

Mr Eastman is a very unwell man and an incredibly difficult and irritating person to deal with.

I agree that I am personally happier he is not at liberty in Canberra, but I am not at all certain he is guilty of the crime. That is troubling.

johnboy 3:33 pm 22 Apr 13

He’s certainly an arsehole in my opinion.

whether he’s guilty or not I’m less certain of.

Dilandach 3:27 pm 22 Apr 13

So in the brief 30 seconds of searching and reading, this guy got booted from the PS because he was unhinged / had a temper issue. So in his mind that equaled to the world going out of its way to get him… then his temper going off on a trivial issue which then ended up with the guy getting arrested which then in his mind added police to his list of those out to keep him down. Then killing the AFP guy because he was one of them?

So in summary this guy is a bit smarter than your average meathead but not much more, can’t take ownership of his own mistakes. Its always someone else. Then to make it a pain for all those involved, stall stall stall at all costs and at every step of the way.

So i’d be right to say that this guy is just an asshole?

EvanJames 3:00 pm 22 Apr 13

His favourite tactic during his many court cases prior to that for killing Winchester: getting the magistrates to disqualify themselves for various reasons. He’s worked his way through the legal firms of Canberra too, sacking every lawyer who represents him. Racks up time, racks up costs

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