Adelaide man jailed for drunken killing


An Adelaide man who killed a drinking partner and dumped his body in a wheelie bin has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter.

Daniel Hind, 29, was killed by Timothy Seymour in a drunken clash in August 2015 with his body found in the bin three weeks later.

Seymour, 35, had been drinking at home with Mr Hind and knocked the younger man out with punches to his face during an altercation in the kitchen.

But instead of getting help or assisting his victim, Seymour fell asleep on the couch and did not realise Mr Hind had died until he woke.

He then stuffed the body in the bin and told lies to both Mr Hind's family and police about the man's fate.

In sentencing Seymour in the Supreme Court on Monday, Justice Sam Doyle said his decision to dispose of the body in such a manner was an "appallingly callous act".

The judge said while the killing was not premeditated to any great degree, he did not know the real reason for the attack.

He did not accept the prosecution argument that it resulted from angst over a drug deal and, likewise, did not accept defence submissions that it related to comments Seymour made about a woman.

Seymour was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter just before his trial.

Justice Doyle imposed a head sentence of seven years and three months with a non-parole period of five years and 10 months, dated back to October, 2015.

The sentence drew gasps and comments from Mr Hind's family and supporters in court with several bursting into tears.