- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SYDNEY (AP) - A woman was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing a neighbor who complained about her barking dog in Australia’s biggest city.

A New South Wales Supreme Court jury found Katrina Megan Whitmore, 26, guilty of murder after two days of deliberations.

Joseph Durrant, 47, of Sydney, was on his way home from Australia Day celebrations Jan. 27, 2007, when he argued with Whitmore in her yard about her dog. Prosecutors said Whitmore threatened Durrant then attacked him with a knife.

“She does say that she told people not to speak to her dog like that,” prosecutor Chris Maxwell told the court.

A witness, Adam Duncan, told the court he was at a party next door when he saw Whitmore run down her driveway brandishing a knife, adding that he was “pretty sure Katrina stabbed him in the neck.”

Whitmore has acknowledged there was a struggle but denied wielding a knife.

She will be sentenced May 29.

Co-accused Steven Spiro Sotiropoulos, who was involved in the fight and charged alongside Whitmore, was found not guilty of murder.

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