Date PostedMay 21, 2013

Man Murdered for Drinking his Friend’s Beer

The ugly face of alcohol fuelled violence has been revealed in a tragic and brutal incident involving 3 friends. The incident which resulted in the death of one of the friends started over a beer.

A court in the Northern Territory has heard that a man was killed in September last year after a flatmate discovered he had drunk one of his beers.

Paul John Stamp was murdered by his 2 mates, just a few days after arriving in the area, for drinking one of their beers and then placed in the boot of a car which was then burnt.

The court heard that Stamp was beaten and then locked in the boot of a car and burned shortly after moving to the state to try and find work.

The 2 men on trial alleged that they had warned their friend not to drink their beer from the flat’s communal fridge, which they said he did anyway, an act which they punished by murdering the man. They beat the victim so badly that he became unconscious. The prosecution believes they then put his body in the boot of a car and set it on fire using a cigarette lighter.

The 2 accused, Gregory Channing, aged 41 and Gary Miles, aged 40 have both pleaded not guilty to the murder.

It is quite shocking to think that such alcohol related incidents are occurring and that a man’s life is worth less than a beer to some people. Whether these 2 men were so intoxicated that they could not think rationally or whether they are just sociopathic is questionable.

This post on Abc.net.au explains further:

4274406-3x2-340x227A Darwin court has heard a man was allegedly murdered by two friends for drinking one of their beers.

The body of Paul John Stamp, 47, was found in the boot of a burnt-out car in April last year.

Gregory John Channing, 41, and Gary Stewart Miles, 40, are facing a murder committal hearing in the Darwin Magistrates Court.

The prosecution told the court Mr Stamp was living with Miles at his Darwin unit in April last year.

The court was told Miles and Channing had warned Mr Stamp not to drink any of their beer.

It is alleged the pair bashed Mr Stamp when they found he had drunk one of their beers.

The court was told they then put him in the boot of a car, with the intention of dumping him out bush and letting him “find his own way home”.

But the prosecutor alleges they ran out of fuel in Darwin’s industrial area, hitched a ride to a petrol station, and then returned and set the car alight, burning Mr Stamp alive.

Channing and Miles intend to plead not guilty to murder, the court was told.

Mr Stamp arrived in the Northern Territory from Western Australia eight days before his death.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-09/burnt-body-in-car-boot-committal-hearing/4618256

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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