The ABC has the story of one Christopher Griffin, of Condor, who was charged with attempted murder.
Supreme Court Justice Ken Crispin has today decided that Mr Griffin’s case cannot proceed because police have misplaced the t-shirt he was wearing at the time he allegedly stabed another man.
Apparently Mr Griffin was in a fight with one David Allan Maly, during which both men were stabbed. Mr Griffin claims he acted in self-defence.
Police had collected Mr Griffin’s t-shirt as evidence and forensic tests might have shown what type of knife caused a wound to his stomach, which Justice Crispin said was Mr Griffin’s last hope of supporting his claim of self-defence. The judge said because the t-shirt was missing, Mr Griffin’s chances of a fair trial were prejudiced.