Friday, 23 November 2007

Three generations jailed over caravan park attack

Five members of a family have been jailed for up to nine years over the death of a man who was stabbed, slashed and chopped at a caravan park on the New South Wales central coast.

William Smith, 34, was killed in an attack involving hand axes, machetes and a samurai sword at the Kangi Angi caravan park in October 2005.

He was struck 18 times with the fatal blow piercing his lungs.

The New South Wales Supreme Court heard he was attacked after a trivial argument escalated between members of his family and three generations of the Jones family.

Both had gathered weapons for an anticipated fight, including machetes, swords and iron bars.

Five members of the Jones family have been jailed for between seven-and-a-half and nine years for manslaughter.

A sixth family member was released on a good-behaviour bond for being an accessory.

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