Jury discharged in murder trial over Coast chef death

FrostTHE man accused of murdering a former Sunshine Coast chef will likely face another trial after a jury was yesterday discharged when it could not reach a verdict.

James Thomas Howell has been on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court since last week for the alleged murder of Peter Milos.Mr Milos was found dead in a house in Brisbane on Tuesday May 6, 2014 and police believe Mr Howell bashed him to death two days earlier on May 4.

After about seven days of hearing evidence, the jury retired on Tuesday morning to start deliberating.

On Wednesday morning they wrote a note to Justice Peter Lyons that indicated they had not reached a verdict.

Justice Lyons directed them to continue deliberating.Shortly before 3pm, the jury returned with another note indicating they could not reach a unanimous decision and Justice Lyons discharged them.

"I would like to thank you for your obvious careful considering of this case and for the time that you have given to it,"

Justice Lyons said to the jury.A date has not been set for the next trial to take place. The case will be mentioned again next week. - ARM NEWSDESK