Jury finds Mackay man guilty of manslaughter with sword
UPDATE: MALA Owen Geissler has been found guilty of killing Tyrone 'Tubby' Baynton with a samurai sword during a bungled armed robbery.
The jury on Geissler's Supreme Court trial in Mackay, which began on March 20, returned with the verdict Tuesday after just over an hour of deliberations.
The seven women and five men found Geissler, 31, not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, on October 11, 2015 at North Mackay.
When the result was handed down before Justice James Henry, the packed courtroom remained quiet, while heads peered in from the corridor.
The jury's decision garnered a muted reaction from Mr Baynton's mother Dianne Baynton and fellow supporters.
Several police officers in the gallery appeared displeased.
Mackay CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker was among the officers in court.
Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco unsuccessfully argued Geissler either intended to kill Mr Baynton, or committed an act "likely to endanger human life" during a crime.
Instead, the jury favoured defence barrister Tim Ryan's submission Mr Baynton's death was, by law, an accident.
Mr Ryan argued Geissler was unable to see through Mr Baynton's front door when, accompanied by Jeremy Kenneth Abell and Joshua Don Francis Wales, he punctured through it with the sword, fatally piercing Mr Baynton's neck.
Geissler's girlfriend at the time of the stabbing, Paige Yasserie, gave evidence Geissler told her he did not mean to kill Mr Baynton when he stabbed his sword into the hollow door.
Ms Baynton and her supporters filed into a room with police after the verdict, waiting for a sentencing hearing, which was later adjourned to Wednesday morning.
INITIAL, 3pm: A JURY has retired to decide whether Mackay man's guilty of murdering the target of an armed robbery with a samurai sword.
Mala Owen Geissler, 31, is on trial in the Supreme Court in Mackay, accused of murdering Tyrone 'Tubby' Baynton on October 11, 2015 at a unit block on Arcturus Street, North Mackay.
The jury of seven women and five men were sent out by Justice James Henry for deliberations on Tuesday afternoon.
Members of the jury must unanimously agree if Geissler is to be convicted of murder.
Geissler's accused of stabbing a samurai sword through the hollow wooden door of Mr Baynton's unit, piercing him in the neck, severing his carotid artery and trachea and perforating his right lung.
He had been accompanied by Jeremy Abell, who was called as a witness by Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco, and Joshua Wales.
Mr Baynton, 29, bled out within minutes of being stabbed just after 6pm.
Geissler, who has been represented by barrister Tim Ryan, has showed little visible emotion throughout the trial, quietly observing proceedings, wearing dress shirts and pants.
Mr Baynton's mother, Dianne Baynton, and fellow supporters have been in attendance, and Geissler has also been supported by a small crowd of backers.
Queensland Police officers who investigated Mr Baynton's death were also watching on from the courtroom's public gallery.
There was a slight hitch in the proceedings when a reserve juror was released minutes before being discharged.
A bailiff had to chase after the woman to bring her back into the court for her official discharge by Justice Henry.