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Woman found guilty over Hunter knifing death


A woman has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a man knifed to death outside his Hunter bail address.

Lily Ridgeway, then 22, was found not guilty in August of murdering Jason Adams, 27, outside a Raymond Terrace home in the early hours of February 29, 2020.

But, the NSW Supreme Court jury could not agree on the alternative charge of manslaughter and she faced a further trial.

The second jury on Tuesday found her guilty of manslaughter and she will face a sentence hearing on 8 April.

Mr Adams had been bailed to live at the home of Ridgeway’s friend, Nikita Louise Hanson.

He was told to leave on the evening of 28 February but returned early the next morning after a series of increasingly acrimonious text messages between him and Ms Hanson.

Ridgeway, who was also at the address, was accused of going outside and fatally stabbing Mr Adams once.

Her barrister told the first trial it was not disputed that at the time Mr Adams suffered a single knife wound that Ridgeway was holding the knife.

But, the defence did dispute that she deliberately caused the wound, that she intended to at least cause him serious harm and that she had not acted in circumstances of self-defence or defence of Ms Hanson.

In her police interview, Ridgeway said she would go into “survival mode” and black out as a result of domestic violence she had endured in the past from two ex-partners.

She said she had gone outside taking the knife with her which was essentially for her protection.

Ridgeway said she saw a phone in one of Mr Adams’ hands and a “reflection” in the other which she thought might be a knife, that he grabbed her and she pushed him before blacking out.

She said she went into “survival mode” and must have acted in self-defence.

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