Man Confesses To Killing Syrian Businessman


One of the men charged with killing Syrian restauranteur Mazem Daher in 2016 confessed to the murder today.

Corey Mills of Clare Hall pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him in the High Court.

Police alleged Mills and Ian Daniel of Sutherland committed a robbery at the Syrian Restaurant, which ended in the shooting death of the own.

Prosecutors will proceed with a trial against Daniel, who has maintained his innocence.

Mills sentencing is set for February 2019.

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    The ‘…Headline’ to this news story appears inconsistent with the second paragraph.

    Maybe could have been ‘…Accused, or Man Pleads Guilty to Murder.’

    At the investigative stage, it has always been about obtaining a ‘…Confession Statement’ from an accused person.

    Even so, investigators shall still look for other ‘…prima facie evidence’ to show that he was in fact the perpetrator of the the particular crime for which he was (a) …detained; (b) …interrogated; (c) …arrested and (d) …formally charged.’

    Thus, total reliance was never placed on such ‘…Confession,’ since an accused persons could always make allegations as to why he had made such statement- maybe ‘…Duress-actual use of force; …threatened force; …offering him/her hope of advantage; …deceived or trick.’

    For academic interest, these remove the ‘…Free will or voluntary way,’ the ‘…Judges Rules’ stipulate.

    Conversely, at trial, an accused person is never called upon to ‘…confess to a crime.’ Instead, he/she is called upon to make a Plea.

    After the Indictments are read, then he/she is asked ‘…How do you plea? One answer is given, ‘…Guilty’ or ‘…Not Guilty.’

    If Guilty, ‘…brief facts of the case are given.

    If ‘…Not Guilty, then there is a trial by Jury. They, upon retirement to consider the evidence given under Oath by witnesses, will determine whether or not the accused is ‘guilty’ or ‘innocent.’

    That’s it folks!

  2. How old are the defendants? I remember this senseless act like it was yesterday. That man did NOT have to die. His poor mother’s heart must still be broken and aching.

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