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Attempted murder guilty plea in flatmate stabbing case

Police apprehend Eric Heuer at Urangan beach after the attack.
Police apprehend Eric Heuer at Urangan beach after the attack. Alistair Brightman

A HERVEY Bay man has pleaded guilty to trying to murder his two flatmates in a frenzied attack almost five years ago.

Eric Roger Fredrick Heuer stabbed his flatmates, Rodney Pettitt and Robin Drury, with a stainless steel kitchen knife while they slept at their unit on November 18, 2008.

Police arrested Heuer, bare-chested and covered in blood with a rope around his neck, the following morning at a Urangan beach.

The case stalled after Heuer went through an assessment in the Mental Health Court. He was deemed fit to stand trial in 2011.

Heuer faced trial earlier this year in the Supreme Court in Brisbane where he pleaded not guilty to the two charges, but after only two days, the trial was aborted and the jury discharged.

The case was set down for May this year, but was again adjourned after Heuer's lawyers sought psychiatrist reports to put before the court.

But in the Supreme Court on Monday, Heuer pleaded guilty.

Justice Jean Dalton will hand down her sentence on Tuesday, October 8.

Topics:  attempted murder, guilty, hervey bay, man, stabbing, urangan



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