Court orders Gladstone man to stand trial over wife’s death

A central Queensland man has been committed to stand trial for manslaughter over the death of his wife.

James Beale, 35, is accused of strangling his wife Tracey Beale in their Gladstone home in January this year.

In a two-day committal hearing in the Gladstone Magistrates Court, 14 witnesses have been cross examined.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer told the court Beale intended to kill his wife because he choked her using a manoeuvre renown to be lethal, and delayed calling for medical assistance.

Magistrate Russell Warfield found the evidence was not strong enough to prove intent and acquitted Beale of murder.

Mr Warfield then ordered that Beale stand trial on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

James Beale has been granted bail and will face the Supreme Court in Rockhampton on a date to be fixed.

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