AA was charged with murder pursuant to section 18 of the Crimes Act. The case against AA was that he and four others took part in a beating whereby the victim died. The Crown relied on the accused having a common purpose with his co-accused to murder or at least seriously injure the victim (cause him grievous bodily harm). As a result of the attack by those present with the accused, the victim died.
AA maintained that he never struck the deceased and the evidence generally established that to be the case. Importantly also in relation to his intent and what he know about what others intended to do, he maintained that he did not know that know that other with whom he was with would seriously hurt the deceased.
After a lengthy Supreme Court hearing involving more than 40 witnesses and spanning several weeks, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty to murder. AA was also found not guilty of manslaughter. AA was released from custody.