Murder Conviction for David Benbow in High Court Trial of Christchurch Controversially Lacks Victim’s Body

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – David Benbow was found guilty of murdering his childhood friend Michael McGrath seven years ago, despite the lack of the victim’s body, murder weapon, DNA, or confessions. The circumstances presented a unique challenge for the jury, as confirmed by Crown prosecutor Barnaby Hawes during his closing address at the High Court at Christchurch in October. McGrath’s brother, Simon, expressed elation at the verdict, but lamented the absence of his brother’s body. …

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