Jury finds man guilty of murder

DONALD PAUL YUKE has been found guilty of the murder of Lorraine Cheryl Bolt at Alstonville in 2008 by a Lismore Supreme Court jury.

It took the jury of eight women and four men an hour to find Yuke, 33, of Coraki, guilty of murdering his 48-year-old girlfriend with a knife at her 7 Deegan Street home in the early hours of March 29, 2008.

Justice Graham Barr concluded his address to the Jury at 3.30pm yesterday, following final submissions by the Crown and Public Defender Chris Bruce, on behalf of Yuke.

The jury returned to the courtroom at 4.30pm with its verdict.

As the jury foreman read the verdict there was a collective sigh of relief from the extended family and friends of Ms Bolt, with some sobs heard.

Tears were also wiped away by some women who were seated in the back row of the public gallery.

Among the family group were Ms Bolt’s son and daughter and her brother from Nowra.

Family and friends of Yuke were seated in the upstairs gallery of courtroom three.

Yuke, referred to by his nickname ‘Flip’ by some witnesses during the trial, remained impassive at the decision.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter at the start of the trial last week, with the Crown electing to proceed on the more serious murder charge.

Justice Barr will hand down his sentence later this week.

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