ABC News reports that an Australian jury in the trial of cruise passenger Mark Wilhelm, accused of killing Dianne Brimble aboard a P & O cruise ship, has reached an unanimous verdict on one of two charges.
The prosecution charged defendant Wilhelm with manslaughter and "supplying a prohibited drug" (the date rape drug, GHB).
We have discussed this case in previous blogs:
Date Rape Drugs on Cruise Ships – the Death of Dianne Brimble
"Crawfishing" – Passengers in P & O Cruises Death Case Can’t Remember A Thing
Another Crawfishing Witness in the Dianne Brimble Trial
Jury Is Out in Dianne Brimble Cruise Death Case
Dianne Brimble and the Lessons to Teach Our Young Men
It is conceivable that the jury all agreed that Wilhelm gave Ms. Brimble the date rape drug, but they cannot unanimously agree on the homicide charge. The newspaper reports that the judge could accept a verdict of 11 – 1. The seven woman – five man jury will continue to deliberate tomorrow.
Ms. Brimble’s former husband, Mark Brimble, heads the Australian chapter of the International Cruise Victims organization.
For a reminder of the circumstances leading to Ms. Brimble’s death, here is a video of the heavy partying aboard the P & O Cruises cruise ship:
Photo of Mark Wilhelm The Daily Telegraph