That’s right, Nato Seuala, who died after receiving stab wounds “in the stomach and head in the early hours of July 15, 2006” outside the Cube nightclub, wounds inflicted by club owner Maurizio Rao, was not murdered. He died yes but Justice Malcolm Gray stated “the prosecution failed to prove Rao was not acting in self defence”.
The ABC coverage of the court ruling can be found here.
Rao was also found not guilty of Assault Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm. Call me old fashioned and by no means do I know the full story but if you take a knife to a fist fight surely you have some idea of the possible outcome. If not GBH or murder then perhaps manslaughter? If not intentional then isn’t there something about being reckless? And how do the patrons of the Cube feel about our legal system giving the thumbs up about it’s staff stabbing drunk patron if they get into a fight?