The accused was indicted for murder. The prosecution called four witnesses and the accused made an unsworn statement and called no witnesses.
The prosecution case is that while sleeping, the deceased sustained deep cuts in the hand of the accused.
The accused pleaded an alibi and the prosecution needed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
The court considered whether the deceased was dead, whether the death was unlawful and whether the accused killed the deceased with malice aforethought.