accused 'had other options', court told
By ACT court reporter Katherine Pohl
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:11am AEST
accused: Russell Field's lawyer
argued his client acted in
self-defence and should be
acquitted. (ACT Policing)
ACT Chief Justice
Terence Higgins has reserved his
decision in the trial of a Canberra man
accused of murdering two men, one of
whom was a member of the Rebels
front of a packed ACT Supreme Court
room, the prosecution and defence
delivered their final submissions in the
judge-alone trial of Russell Field.
March last year, Russell Field gunned
down Gregory Peter Carrigan in the
backyard of his Chisholm home.
shot dead Richard John Roberts - a
senior Rebels Motorcycle Club member -
on the street outside.
Prosecutor Alyn Doig told the court, Mr
Carrigan's injuries showed he had been
trying to defend himself when he was
shot at close range.
Mr Roberts was between one and two
metres away from the gun when it was
fired into his face.
there was evidence to show the two men
were doing home renovations which
supported the suggestion that they had
gone to Field's home to collect a piece
summing up, Mr Doig told the court Field
had used deadly force on the men who
were unarmed when he had options to
remove himself from the situation.
Field's barrister, John Purnell SC,
argued Field and his family had received
death threats from Rebels members which
stemmed from his break-up with a woman
who had also been in relationships with
the two alleged victims.
the court, when Mr Carrigan and Mr
Roberts showed up at Field's home the
accused believed it was a case of kill
or be killed.
Purnell argued the accused had acted in
self-defence and should be acquitted.
Chief Justice Higgins
will hand down his verdict at a later