A 42-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of a Carnarvon man he stabbed in the heart in a frenzied revenge attack between feuding families.
A Supreme Court jury today found Roderick Phillip Pearce guilty of murdering 27-year-old father of four Shannon Chubby in the Gascoyne town in the early hours of February 6 last year.
The jury deliberated for more than eight hours over two days to reach its verdict.
Mr Chubby’s family wiped away tears in the back of the courtroom as the verdict was handed down.
During the almost two-week trial, prosecutors argued Pearce sought retribution on Mr Chubby who he believed had chopped his relative’s fingers with a machete earlier that night.
Mr Chubby suffered a 15cm stab wound to his heart outside a house in Stroud Street during the running brawl and was dead before his family managed to get him to hospital.
Pearce, from Mullewa, was in Carnarvon attending the funeral of his sister, who was allegedly killed in Geraldton.
His defence claimed Pearce was not the killer, but evidence emerged at trial that he was seen making a "stabbing like motion" over Mr Chubby’s chest.
Outside court, Mr Chubby’s mother Helen Chubby and his partner Cassandra Indich, who wore t-shirts with Mr Chubby’s photograph on them, said they were happy with the verdict.
"I am happy justice has been done. He (Pearce) got what he deserved," she said.
Mrs Chubby, who witnessed her son’s murder, said she hoped Pearce would be behind bars for a long time. "We go on grieving all the time," she said.
Mrs Chubby said she was heartbroken her grandchildren had been robbed of a father, but she would remember her son as a happy-go-lucky family man.
Mr Chubby’s four young children were at court yesterday, too young to fully understand what was happening.
Justice Lindy Jenkins remanded Pearce in custody ahead of his sentencing on June 14.