KARE111 There’s just been very deep sorrow at Justine’s death,” Michael Usher, a presenter for Seven News in Australia, told KARE 11 in a FaceTime interview. “Why a policeman would pull a gun so quickly — we don’t quite understand that. Certainly, that happens in Australia, but not in those sort of circumstances.
Though the murder happened a year ago, one thing potential jurors, nor anyone else for that matter, has seen or heard: A statement from Noor himself.
He has refused to submit to interviews and has not said anything publicly about the shooting. His silence cannot be used against him in the trial, according to a ruling from the judge this month, nor can a pre-hiring psychological examination.
“The evidence in the case supports findings that the defendant knew exactly what he was doing and that he intended to do it,” prosecutors wrote, adding that the circumstances surrounding the crime show that the defendant “acted with the intent to kill and that he fired at Damond from no more than six feet away.”
Still, the Australian public has been frustrated by the lack of answers — and many hope the trial will provide some. They will be waiting to see if Noor testifies. It is his constitutional right not to, if he so chooses.
“I think it’s probably fair to say there’s some building anger about the fact he hasn’t given any interviews,” Usher said, “that his silence has spoken volumes.”
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