Retrial over Kiwi's death plunge wraps up

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 17:28 26/05/2014
Andy Marshall
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The retrial of the man who pushed former Feilding man Andy Marshall to his death is set to end today.

Stefan Pahia Schmidt has been on trial at Western Australia's Supreme Court for murdering Marshall since last Monday.

Marshall died after being pushed out of the upstairs window of a Perth hotel in May 2011. 

Schmidt has never denied pushing him, but insists he did not mean to kill him.

Marshall is a cousin of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy, who was shot in his driveway in 2010.

The trial was scheduled to end on Friday, but a spokesperson at the Supreme Court said the defence and prosecution would be giving their closing addresses today.

The trial has been before Justice John McKechnie alone, and he could reserve his decision.

Schmidt was originally found guilty of murder after a jury trial, and sentenced to a minimum 14 years in June 2012.

But his conviction was overturned last year on appeal.

The West Australian reported today that Jo Guy - Scott Guy's mother - had flown to Australia to support Marshall's parents during the trial.

Marshall's mother, Wendy Marshall, is Jo Guy's sister.

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- Manawatu Standard

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