14 Dec 2009

Jury retires in Howick murder trial

5:40 pm on 14 December 2009

A high court jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of two men accused of killing an Auckland man as he walked home from a party in Howick two years ago.

The 20-year-olds, whose names are suppressed, are charged with murdering Daryl Graydon, who bled to death after being stabbed five times while walking home from a party.

The pair are also charged with the attempted murder of Campbell Sussex, who was walking with Mr Graydon at the time.

In the High Court in Auckland on Monday, Justice Asher told the jury to focus on only the evidence they have heard in court.

He also explained concepts such as reasonable doubt, the admissibility of evidence and the charges on which they need to deliver verdicts.

Justice Asher also warned the jury to guard against making any moral judgements about Mr Graydon.

The Crown says the two accused armed themselves with knives and tracked down their targets, following a fight in which one of the accused was punched in the face.

The jury will return to deliberate on Tuesday morning.