A few facts regarding Martin Bryant’s guilty plea

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A few facts regarding Martin Bryant’s guilty plea which was the ONLY reason he went to gaol without a trial. Martin held his not guilty plea for 5 months whilst held in solitary confinement where he claims he was tortured (‘they pulled my arms up above my head and made me lie down on my burnt back’) His defence lawyer David Gunson was replaced by disgraced lawyer John Avery after that time (Avery was later gaoled for misappropriation of client’s funds) Avery went to Martin’s mother, Carleen and convinced her to attend Risdon prison, where she told Martin that unless he changed his plea to guilty he would never see her or his sister Lindy again. Result? Martin changes his plea. No trial. Case closed. (read this in her book ‘My Story’) The torture claim was part of 65 pages redacted from the sentencing hearing (see the full, unredacted transcript on the WASP – The Port Arthur Massacre movie fb page dropbox link – https://www.dropbox.com/…/03du1t…/AAAaUMVLBqdTF1QQqZTvRDGxa… ) This casts some aspersion on the veracity of Martin’s plea. John Avery’s defence was hardly that, given Martin was placed on a guardianship order in 1993, in the Hobart Supreme Court, declaring him mentally incapable of managing his own affairs. He should not have been able to enter a plea in the first instance. Bet you didn’t know any of this and the media certainly won’t tell you. Visit WASP – The Port Arthur massacre movie page here – https://www.facebook.com/waspthemovie/

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