Garon Jewell (19) found not guilty of Max Maguire's murder
ONE of the brothers standing trial over the murder of Lymington fisherman Max Maguire has been cleared.
This morning (Monday) jurors at Winchester Crown Court were told by the judge to find Garon Jewell (19) not guilty of murder and an alternative manslaughter charge, as well as wounding Luke Gray and grievous bodily harm against Georgia Hole.
Prosecutor Adam Feest explained he was offering no evidence against Garon after Mr Gray admitted to the court that he had moved towards Garon and his brother Draven (21) when he and Max passed the brothers, who are from the town's Flushards estate.
Mr Gray had told the jury he put his left arm out to protect Max and outstretched his right arm as a shield, and may have physically touched one of them first.
Mr Feest said because of that, the prosecution could not prove that Garon's reaction was unlawful.
The prosecutor explained the jury should therefore find Garon not guilty, and the Judge, Mrs Justice Cutts, then told the jury to do that, which it did.
As reported in the A&T, the trial relates to the alleged murder of Max Maguire (23) just after midnight on 23rd October last year in the alleyway between the town's Royal British Legion outlet and the High Street.
The prosecution claimed Draven plunged a 13cm curved knife into Max less than 20 minutes after meeting him for the first time in the RBL.
After the incident Max stumbled back into the bar, where he collapsed. He never regained consciousness.
Draven denies murdering Max, the attempted murder of Luke, and committing grievous bodily harm against Georgia Hole.
The trial has heard how the defendants and Max had a "dispute" in the RBL garden, which may have involved a blue canister one of the brothers had found.
CCTV captured Max storming outside onto the High Street, with Luke following and attempting to calm him down before the pair decided to make their way back inside.
However, as they did so, the pair met the brothers, who had been ejected from the RBL for being abusive, coming the other way and an altercation took place.
Draven’s account is he acted in self-defence. Garon, who was represented by James Newton-Price QC, claimed he was the victim of violence and did not know his brother had a knife.