Man who stabbed another to death may get parole in 2016

A NANANGO man who killed a man after stabbing him in the chest at an engagement party could be free on parole in one-and-a-half years.

Stephen Joseph Doyle, 41, was found not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week to murdering Laidley man Michael Tomsen, 37, at the party on September 3, 2011, in Nanango.

Instead jurors found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The seven day trial heard the backyard party organised to celebrate the engagement of two young women turned deadly after two groups of people became involved in a heated argument which quickly escalated into a violent brawl.

The court heard Doyle had been involved in an altercation with several party goers and was asked to leave when the fight broke out.

He left the party and went to his house next door and returned armed with a knife.

It was during another altercation which flared up once Doyle returned to the party that Mr Tomsen was stabbed once in the chest and once in the right upper arm.

Mr Tomsen, despite the best efforts of emergency services, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Justice Ann Lyons sentenced Doyle on Thursday to nine-years in jail but deemed him not to be a serious violent offender.

Under Queensland law Doyle only needs to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

Justice Lyons said Doyle had expressed remorse for his crime and had fully cooperated with police at the time.

"The jury was satisfied that you were not acting in self defence," she said.

"In my view there was intent, but with provocation.

"You have caused the death of a man which has had a devastating effect on those who loved him."

Justice Lyons declared the 1006 days Doyle had spent in custody as time already served.

Doyle will be eligible to apply for parole in early 2016.

Topics:  court crime manslaughter

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