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Daniel Sharpe acquitted of murder, but convicted of manslaughter over Andrew Drake killing | The Canberra Times



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A young man who stabbed a neighbour to death on the South Coast has been acquitted of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter. The verdicts were entered by a jury in the NSW Supreme Court at Queanbeyan on Tuesday morning, following roughly a week of deliberations in the trial of 20-year-old Daniel James Sharpe. Sharpe, who was only 18 at the time of the incident, admitted stabbing 29-year-old Andrew Drake 11 times in Surfside, just north of Batemans Bay, in April 2019. But he claimed it was not murder and that his actions were reasonable and necessary to defend his father David Sharpe against an attack perpetrated by Mr Drake. The jury heard during the trial that Daniel Sharpe had been in a shed with his dad when Mr Drake…

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