A young Hastings woman has been found not guilty of fatally
stabbing her boyfriend.
Juliette Anne Gerbes, 21, was facing her second trial for the
manslaughter of Christopher Robin Jones at the High Court in
Her first manslaughter trial in February ended with a hung
Her 22-year-old boyfriend died in the early hours of October
13, 2012, at a flat in Hastings.
Justice Lowell Goddard provided the jury with her final
submissions this morning before they retired to consider
"There is no doubt that Mr Jones died from the stabbing ...
the question is whether Miss Gerbes is criminally responsible
for his death," Justice Goddard said.
She acknowledged the jury had to consider if the stabbing was
accidental or if there was a "reasonable possibility of
"This is a tragic case. A young man has been killed and a
young woman is on trial for manslaughter," she told the jury.
Yesterday, forensic pathologist Martin Sage, who carried out
a post-mortem examination on Mr Jones said the single stab
wound resulted in "torrential bleeding" and an unrecognisable
blood pressure when Mr Jones reached hospital.
Napier CIB Detective Phil Sayers also gave evidence
yesterday, which included Gerbes' interviews with police and
a video reconstruction of the fatal events.
The night Mr Jones died, Gerbes said the pair had been
Throughout the trial Gerbes said Mr Jones inexplicably
grabbed her hands and pulled the knife towards him.
- By Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today