Miner accused of throwing object acquitted on appeal

AFTER being found guilty of public nuisance for throwing an object at a passing car, Glen Ross Mackie has been acquitted on appeal.

Court documents suggested Mr Mackie was at a workers protest near BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance's Blackwater Mine on March 29 last year.

Two men - leaving the site in a car - said Mr Mackie threw an object that forced the driver to take evasive action.

After being convicted on July 26 in Blackwater Magistrates Court , Mr Mackie appealed the conviction in Queensland District Court on December 3.

While both men in the car were convinced Mr Mackie was the one responsible when presented at Blackwater, Judge Fleur Kingham told the district court there were always risks with witness accounts.

At the time they passed, Mr Mackie was among up to 60 and 70 people.

Other witnesses on the picket line had told the Magistrates Court the accused was standing back from the front of the protest.

In handing down her decision, Judge Kingham said she had reasonable doubt when considering all the evidence.

On December 21, Mr Mackie's conviction was set aside and replaced with a verdict of acquittal.



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