9 Mar 2010

Jury retires for night in caregiver manslaughter trial

5:36 pm on 9 March 2010

The High Court jury in the trial of two caregivers accused of killing an intellectually disabled woman has retired for the night.

The body of Patricia Joseph, 37, was found dumped in the Wairoa River in Clevedon in January 2008.

Here Teinakirai and Joseph Proude face a number of charges at the High Court in Auckland in relation to her death, including manslaughter by way of assault.

The Crown alleges the pair beat the intellectually disabled woman, leaving her lying badly injured on the bathroom floor, where she died several days later.

In her summary, Justice Andrews told the jury while the Crown has not been able to identify a principal offender, if it determines both defendants played a part in Ms Joseph's death, both should be found guilty.

Here Teinakirai denies all the charges against her, while Joseph Proude has admitted a second count of manslaughter for failing to provide the necessaries of life and for dumping Ms Joseph's body.

The jury will resume deliberating at 10am on Wednesday.