A jury has begun deliberating at the trial of an admitted petty thief accused of murdering a wealthy bookmaker in his Sydney garage three decades ago.
Terry John Gordon Hickson from Berkeley, now 60, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering Charles Skarratt, 72.
The successful bookie was attacked and robbed of about $25,000 in the garage of his Woolwich home in December 1989 after returning from the Dapto greyhound races.
He told the jury he broke into boots of several cars at the Dapto races and must have cut his finger, leaving a spot of blood on Mr Skarratt's boot before the bookie returned to Sydney.
The defence contended the bookie could have touched the wet spot when he opened the boot to get his bags out before the second set of races. This could have been transferred to his sock.
The jury retired on Tuesday afternoon after Justice David Davies completed his legal directions.
Australian Associated Press