Accused won't give evidence

DONALD YUKE, currently on trial in the Lismore Supreme Court for the stabbing murder of his girlfriend Lorraine Cheryl Bolt inAlstonville, will not be giving evidence, hislegal counsel said yesterday.

The Crown has accused Yuke, 33, of murdering Ms Bolt, 48, at her Deegan Street home in the early hours of March 29, 2008.

Yuke had pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter using the defence his girlfriend's death had been an accident. However, the Crown elected to proceed with the moreserious murder charge.

The last witnesses gave evidence before the jury and Justice Graham Barr yesterday.

Justice Barr then adjourned the matter to Monday, when the Crown and Yuke's defence team led by public defender, barrister Chris Bruce, will make their final submissions.

In evidence this week, pathologist Dr Allan Cala, who performed the autopsy on Ms Bolt's body, described a serious and deep stab wound to her right shoulder that penetrated her lung, saying it would have caused death within 15 to 20 minutes.

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