John Wilmot walked free from the High Court today. The thirty six year old father of one had been charged with the manslaughter of Johan Loake in the city.
Mr. Loake’s body was discovered in a laneway off Bishop Street in the early hours of the morning on 27th May last year after he had addressed a public meeting earlier that evening. He had been beaten severely and had died of his wounds.
The jury deliberated for two days after the eight day trial and returned a majority verdict of Not Guilty. It had been suggested that witnesses to the crime had subsequently withdrawn their statements.
Mr. Wilmot who is emerging as a leading member of The Caiaphas Organisation was met on the steps of the courthouse by Ian Martin, the head of The Caiaphas, before being taken away.