Man gaoled for neighbour’s manslaughter
A MAN has been sentenced to a non-parole period of three years’ gaol for the manslaughter of his neighbour at Mandurama, near Cowra, almost two years ago.
Simon Peter Braddon was sentenced in the New South Wales Supreme Court for the manslaughter of Gregory Partridge at Mandurama, on September 27, 2010.
Braddon was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The court heard how the victim, Partridge, lived in Gold St, Mandurama, just down the road from Braddon.
On Sunday, September 26, 2010, Mr Partridge visited Braddon at his home. They drank together and Mr Partridge left, saying that he was going to Bathurst to buy heroin.
Mr Partridge spent the following day in Bathurst where, among other things, he obtained some methadone from a chemist for use over the following days.
He got back to Mandurama in the early evening and, shortly afterwards, Braddon visited him at his home.
The court heard that, while there, Braddon struck Mr Partridge a number of times to his back and other parts of his body, using a piece of pine.
Mr Partridge died as a result of that assault. Concerned neighbours found his body on his bed.
The court found that Braddon’s attack was spontaneous, the use of the length of pine opportunistic, and that Braddon’s mental illness had contributed to the attack.
Braddon’s non-parole period expires on December 22, 2013.