Attempted murder trial jury discharged

A JURY was discharged and an alleged stabber released on bail yesterday in an unexpected turn of events in Maryborough Supreme Court.

Five witnesses had given evidence in the trial of Derek Neal Marshall, who was charged with attempted murder after a stabbing at Scarness on August 2 last year.

Alleged victim Corey George Muller was 19 when he was stabbed in the neck outside his sister's house on Hillcrest Avenue.

He took to the witness stand on Tuesday and told the court he saw Marshall driving towards him before feeling a “scratch” on his neck.

The scratch turned out to be a knife wound that severed blood vessels.

A Scenes of Crime officer and Marshall's ex-partner also gave evidence during the first day of the trial.

But it came to an abrupt end yesterday because of a legal issue and the jury was discharged.

“As a result of developments that have arisen this trial cannot proceed further at this time,” Justice David Boddice told the jury. A retrial is expected to take place but it may not be in Maryborough.

The case was adjourned for mention in the court this morning.

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