• Gene Gibson was sentenced to seven years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. He's now looking at suing the police. (Channel Nine)Source: Channel Nine
A cognitively impaired Aboriginal man jailed for killing a 21-year-old man in Western Australia's north looks set for acquittal after appealing.
7 Apr 2017 - 8:46 AM  UPDATED 7 Apr 2017 - 8:47 AM

Gene Gibson, who is from the remote desert community of Kiwirrkurra and speaks a dialect, is serving seven-and-a-half years behind bars for fatally striking Josh Warneke from behind as he walked home from a night out in Broome in 2010.

A series of flawed police interviews more than two years later were deemed inadmissible, forcing prosecutors to drop a murder charge and accept Gibson's guilty plea to manslaughter.

Lawyer denies persuading cognitively impaired Aboriginal man to plead guilty
The lawyer for a cognitively impaired Aboriginal man, who is appealing against his manslaughter conviction in Western Australia, says he felt the need to act quickly to ensure prosecutors accepted a plea bargain.

Gibson's conviction was appealed on the basis he suffered a miscarriage of justice because he did not have the cognitive ability or language skills to understand what was happening, with the 25-year-old claiming he gave a false confession.

His appeal hearing concluded in the WA Court of Appeal on Thursday, when the state told the full bench of three judges it was open to a verdict in Gibson's favour and an acquittal without a re-trial.

The judges reserved their decision.

Cognitively impaired Aboriginal man says he was advised to plead guilty
New twist in Gene Gibson manslaughter case revealed. Gibson is currently appealing his manslaughter conviction for the 2010 killing of Josh Warneke.