Thursday, 22 May 2008

Beating death offender not guilty

Matthew Robert Steele has been found not guilty due to mental incompetence.

A 30-year-old man who admitted beating another man to death with a hammer in 2006 has been found not guilty because of mental incompetence.

Matthew Robert Steele from Clearview in Adelaide's northern suburbs today admitted to bludgeoning 63-year-old Umberto Crisante to death in the backyard of the victim's house.

Steele is being kept at the mental health facility James Nash House until a judge imposes a mandatory period of life in detention.

A report from the victim's family will be presented at the next hearing in July.

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