This case is a reference pursuant to Section 308 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 by the Director of Public Prosecutions for the State of Victoria on a point of law that arose in a trial before the Honourable Justice Lasry sitting in the Supreme Court of Victoria. The accused in that trial was acquitted. This hearing has been brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the Prasad direction.
15/11/2016 - Accused arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charge. A jury was empanelled and the trial commenced before Justice Lasry (Supreme Court of Victoria).
22/11/2016 - After calling a number of witnesses the Prosecutor closed the Crown's case. Counsel for the accused then sought the administration of a Prasad direction to the jury.
23/11/2016 - Justice Lasry administers a Prasad direction to the jury. The jury retires to consider it's decision and later that afternoon returns to advise it wishes to hear more evidence in respect of both charges (Murder and Manslaughter).
24/11/2016 - Counsel closes the case for the accused. Immediately after, and prior to the delivery of closing addresses, Justice Lasry reminds the jury that the Prasad direction is still in operation and provides them with an opportunity to revisit their earlier decision. The jury retires and later that day returns a verdict of not guilty to the indictment.
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Bench: President Maxwell, Justice Weinberg, Justice Beach
26/10/2017 - Hearing (audio and video recording)
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