Sydney Man Jailed in Bulgaria Enters Court to Appeal Again

Business | November 25, 2010, Thursday // 08:44
Bulgaria: Sydney Man Jailed in Bulgaria Enters Court to Appeal Again Jock Palfreeman, 23, is pictured here as he leaves October 21 Sofia Appeals Court. Photo by BGNES

A 23-year-old Australian man, sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder in Bulgaria, will appear in a Sofia court on Thursday, the third day of his appeal hearing.

Two Bulgarian witnesses took the stand on November 11, but the court refused to re-examine CCTV footage or forensic evidence.

The two men, both policemen, Antoan Zahariev and Petar Katsarov, were asked to explain why they had said one thing in their police statements and an entirely different thing in the trial.

Zahariev confirmed that during the brawl he just heard an exchange of words, but did not witness any physical brutality. In his police statement Zahariev said that a fight between friends of his and a group of unknown people erupted on the day and site of the murder.

The witness Katsarov explained that he witnessed "a scandal" between the defendant and a group of young people, but when he moved closer to see what is going on everything was over. The policeman said it was his colleagues who told him about a group of Roma people being at the site of the murder, but when he went there they were gone.

Jock Palfreeman, 23, has been kept behind bars in a Bulgarian jail after being charged with murder after an alleged street brawl in the capital Sofia at the end of 2007.

According to Bulgarian prosecutors, who asked for life imprisonment for the defendant, Palfreeman was not provoked and did not act in self-defense, as he has claimed.

Palfreeman was also found guilty of attempted murder over the alleged stabbing of a 19-year-old man during the fight.

The Sydneysider has repeatedly denied both charges, saying he was trying to defend himself from being attacked by a group of men.

According to Jock's family, friends and supporters his verdict is a "hideous perversion of justice".

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