Manslaughter verdict for Anderson’s killer

An apprentice plumber who believed his best friend was a demon when he bashed him to death has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Mathew Flame pleaded not guilty by reason of mental impairment to murdering Liam Anderson, the son of Angry Anderson, the singer with hard rock band Rose Tattoo.

The 22-year-old repeatedly stomped on Mr Anderson shortly after sunrise on November 4, 2018, in a Queenscliff park on Sydney’s northern beaches.


The prosecution contended Flame was psychotic at the time due to his voluntary use of drugs including ecstasy, while the defence said he was labouring under the severe mental illness of schizophrenia.

A NSW Supreme Court jury, which retired on Monday afternoon, on Thursday delivered verdicts of not guilty of murder but guilty of the less serious offence of manslaughter.

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