Man loses conviction appeal bid

A MACHETE and a crutch resulted in a serious head injury during a sibling dispute over money on a property in Esk.

Matthew David Morcus, who was convicted of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm after a trial in Ipswich District Court, lost a bid to appeal his conviction after a unanimous Court of Appeal decision was handed down yesterday.

He appealed the conviction on grounds a miscarriage of justice occurred, claiming the jury was not directed properly, and the verdicts of guilty were unreasonable.

Morcus tried to argue the injuries, a 7cm cut across his brother's head, could have occurred when his head hit the trailer while they were fighting underneath.

But Justice Margaret White dismissed the appeal.

"The jury could be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt on the whole of the evidence that the appellant was guilty of the two offences with which he was charged," she said.



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