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The Allan Hall Shooting

During the night of June 29, 1988 Australian heavyweight champion Dean Waters shot dead his stepmother’s lover, Allan Hall, at a Wyong property on the Central Coast region of New South Wales. For the next eight years both he and his accomplice, Damon Cooper, held their secret until Waters walked into Wyong police station in February 1996 and confessed to the killing. Waters and Cooper were subsequently charged over Mr Hall’s shooting. Cooper faced court first, and was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 years with a non-parole period of 12. Three months later, Waters faced court and over the next few weeks the trial became a confessional for the horrors of his famous boxing family. Mr Waters told a jury of the extreme abuse he and his family had suffered under his father, boxing trainer Cecil "Cec" Waters. He claimed he ‘‘surrendered his will’’ to his father in 1988, after months of mental harassment and demands that Mr Hall ‘‘had to die’’, because of his sexual relationship with Cec Waters’ estranged wife, Christine Hicks. The jury found Dean Waters not guilty of murdering Mr Hall on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Cec Waters was later charged with Mr Hall’s murder but died before the matter went to trial. In 2009 Cooper was released from jail on parole after completing the 12-year minimum of an 18-year sentence for manslaughter.

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