BYRON KILLING PLEA



A GOONELLABAH man will be sentenced next week for killing his de facto partner at a Byron Bay beach.

Henry Chris Davis-Boyd, 39, appeared in the Lismore Supreme Court yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter over the death of Patisha Lillian Williams.

Ms Williams, 32, also of Goonellabah, died at Belongil Beach, near the Wollongbar wreck, about 10pm on Saturday, October 18, 2003.

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Police initially said they believed Ms Williams had drowned while swimming at the beach.

At the time, police reported that Ms Williams' body had been found at the waterline of the beach by a male friend and that a group of backpackers had tried to revive her by doing CPR.

However, a post-mortem examination in Sydney later found Ms Williams had died from injuries to her abdomen, chest and head.

Davis-Boyd, who police allege had been in a de facto relationship with Ms Williams and had been drinking with her at Goonellabah and then at Belongil Beach before her death, was charged early this year with her murder.

Davis-Boyd pleaded not guilty to the murder and in July was committed for trial in the Supreme Court in Sydney.

However, at the Sydney hearing on August 5, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Davis-Boyd, who has been in custody since he was charged, appeared briefly in the Supreme Court in Lismore yesterday for mention.

He was ordered to appear in the court again for sentence on Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13.



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