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Guilty verdicts for two teenagers over death of man in Shepparton

By Liz Mellino

UPDATE - 10.30am Wednesday:

A jury has returned guilty verdicts for two teenagers charged with manslaughter over the death of a man in Shepparton last year.

Dyllon Michael Kilpatrick, 18, and a boy, 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been on trial before Justice Paul Coghlan in the Supreme Court.

The jury of eight men and four women returned the guilty verdicts on Wednesday morning.

Sarwar Yaqubi died after being run over by a passing vehicle, having been left on the road at Poplar Ave after being assaulted by the teenagers.

The prosecution case was that the teenagers had left Mr Yaqubi incapacitated and in danger of being run over.

The defence had argued Mr Yaqubi's level of incapacitation and that the cause of death was no through an act of Mr Kilpatrick and the boy, but through the actions of the driver.

They had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter but guilty to attempted robbery and the theft of Mr Yaqubi's car.

EARLIER:

A jury is deliberating in the Supreme Court trial of two teenagers accused of manslaughter following the death of a man in Shepparton last year.

The jury of eight men and four women retired at lunch time yesterday to deliberate a decision following a week-long trial in Shepparton.

The jury heard from Justice Paul Coghlan yesterday morning who explained their role and the decision they had to make, before they were removed from the court.

The trial follows Dyllon Michael Kilpatrick, 18, and a boy, 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter but guilty to attempted robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Sarwar Yaqubi, 43, died on July 27 last year after he was run over by a passing vehicle on Poplar Ave after a scuffle between him, Mr Kilpatrick and the boy.

The prosecution case is that the actions of Mr Kilpatrick and the boy placed Mr Yaqubi in a position of danger in the middle of the road.

The defence case argues against Mr Yaqubi’s level of incapacitation and that the cause of death was not through an act of Mr Kilpatrick and the boy, but through the actions of the driver.