A New South Wales Supreme Court jury has found Daniel Sharpe, a 20-year-old Batemans Bay man who stabbed a neighbor to death in 2019, guilty of manslaughter but convicted of murder.
Andrew Drake, 29, died as he lay on the lawn of a house on the NSW South Coast in Surfside, as his sister called him triple-0.
The stabbing was never denied by Sharpe, but he says that he did it to protect his father.
Following a family dinner with their parents and other friends, Andrew and Penny Drake had slipped over the back fence to join their neighbors for a late night beer.
Sharpe smashed some glass during the visit, causing his father’s angry rebuke and encouraging him to go outside, where Ms. Drake followed.
Before they heard sounds inside, she told the court the two had a heart-to-heart conversation.
Andrew Drake and the father of Daniel Sharpe, David, were involved in a scuffle.
Ms. Drake told the court that she was trying to get between the couple, but blacked out and did not recall the stabbing.