A man accused of murdering a woman and torching the house she
was in can't remember the night's events because he was
drunk, a court has heard.
Andrew Sumpton has pleaded not guilty to murdering Michelle
Roberts in South Grafton on the NSW north coast in May 2012.
He is also accused of setting a two-bedroom
housing-commission home on fire and lighting Ms Roberts'
clothing, TV and bedding ablaze.
Ms Robert's body was found in the home after the fire was
Sumpton pleaded not guilty to the charges in the NSW Supreme
His lawyer told the court Sumpton was drunk and had "little
recollection of the evening itself".
Sumpton will face trial in the Grafton Supreme Court on