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Manslaughter verdict reached by jury in Andrew Drake trial


A  jury has reached a verdict of not guilty of murder in the Andrew Drake trial which has been held in Queanbeyan for the past few weeks. 

The jury came back yesterday, after deliberating for more than a week and after twice telling the court it could not reach a unanimous verdict. 

It's understood the final verdict was a unanimous verdict. 

Daniel James Sharpe, a 20-year-old man Tarago man stabbed Andrew Drake, from Batemans Bay, 11 times at a home at Surfside on the 13th of April 2019.

He was found guilty of manslaughter and will be sentenced on the 21st of April. 

During the trial Sharpe said he had been defending his father and himself when he'd stabbed Mr Drake.