Jock Palfreeman : November 2010 Update

Update : Court unable to make final ruling on Jock Palfreeman case, Boel Eriksson, The Mosman Daily | Family pleased at Bulgaria killing appeal, The Sydney Morning Herald (AAP) | Appeal hears Bulgaria stabbing was self defence, ABC (AM) | Jock Palfreeman pins appeal hopes on statement conflicts, Peter Wilson, The Australian | Father pleased evidence backs jailed son, ABC (The World Today).

Jock Palfreeman is a young Australian who in December 2009 was sentenced by a Bulgarian court to 20 years jail for ‘murder by hooliganism’. Currently, his sentencing is the subject of a court appeal, with the next hearing scheduled for November 25.

The case against Jock contains many inconsistencies: Jock has always maintained that he acted in self-defence. For more information on Jock’s case, and how you can help offer him support, please see Free Jock. You can write to Jock at the following address:

Jock Palfreeman
Sofia Central Prison
21 General Stoletov Boulevard
Sofia 1309

Witness says jailed Australian acted in self defence
Emma Alberici
November 11, 2010

A police witness at the appeal of an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence for murder in Bulgaria has confirmed Jock Palfreeman was acting in self defence when he attacked a group of men with a knife.

Palfreeman, from Sydney, was sentenced to 20 years in jail last December for stabbing 20-year-old Andre Monov to death in Sofia during a street brawl in 2007.

The 23-year-old was found guilty of murder and attempted murder, but he says it was self defence.

Two witnesses took the stand on day two of the appeal at Sofia’s palace of justice.

Both Bulgarian men, one of them a policeman, were challenged to explain why they had said one thing in their police statements and an entirely different thing in the trial of Palfreeman.

The policeman who appeared in the dock said the three years that had passed since his original statement had caused him to forget he had been told by eyewitnesses that Palfreeman went to the aid of a Roma Gypsy being attacked by a gang of Bulgarian youths.

See also : Jock Palfreeman’s murder case adjourned in Bulgaria, Lucy Carne, The Daily Telegraph, November 12, 2010 | International Week of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman: October, 2010.

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