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Mon 30th Aug - Defence case opens
Defence lawyers have told the Scott Watson murder trial that the Crown's own witnesses prove that the accused was not the man who boarded a yacht with Ben Smart and Olivia Hope when they were last seen.
In his opening address, lawyer Mike Antunovic [an-TUN-o-vich] told the jury five crucial crown witnesses disprove the case against Watson.

He says they include a water taxi driver who's described dropping Watson off alone at a yacht in the early hours of New Year's Day last year.

Mr Antunovic also says three other witnesses have given evidence that the Blenheim friends boarded a double-masted ketch, and not the accused's sloop.

Mr Antunovic says evidence from 25 witnesses should be completed by Wednesday, and on Thursday, the jury will be taken for a second look at Watson's yacht which may be moored in Wellington by then.

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