Matt Newton’s Lawyer Says Photos Will Absolve Him
Chris Murphy has come out fighting for Matt Newton in court today saying there are hundreds of photos that will absolve him from the alleged assault of a taxi driver.
Lawyer Chris Murphy says 867 photographs recording, second-by-second, the alleged incident show “there is no assault”.
He said his 35-year-old client was not in court today on the advice of his psychiatrist.
Newton, the son of showbusiness couple Bert and Patti Newton, caught a taxi on December 4 last year and allegedly punched the 66-year-old driver in the head.
Mr Murphy said two witnesses, one in a car and one on the footpath, say there was no assault.
The lawyer said while he would love to defend the case, he must put his client’s interest first.
He said due to Newton’s mental illness, it would not be fair for him to face a lengthy hearing.
He is therefore considering applying to have the case dealt with under mental health provisions.
The magistrate adjourned the case to March 27 to allow Mr Murphy to make representations to the police about not continuing the case.
Not sure Matthew Newton is ever going to recover from this. It must be tough on him, tough on his victims and tough on his family.