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Man wears helmet at murder appeal hearing

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016

A man convicted of murder has faced court wearing a crash helmet and without a lawyer in an unusual hearing in Adelaide.

Damien Joseph Jelicic, 57, is seeking to appeal his conviction after he was found guilty in April of murdering 80-year-old pensioner Nicola Piscioneri.

Mr Piscioneri was bashed to death with a metal pole, believed to be from a drum kit, as he sat at his computer in his lounge room in Hendon in March 2013.

Jelicic appeared in the Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday via video link from prison, representing himself and wearing a blue helmet on his head.

The helmet was not explained but Jelicic said his sister would help him organise a lawyer for the next hearing and he sought an adjournment.

"She will be looking into my financial affairs to get money for a lawyer," he said.

Jelicic's sentencing was put on hold in June because he had undergone major surgery, with the judge adjourning the hearing until he was well enough to return to court.

During the murder trial, the court heard Jelicic attacked Mr Piscioneri while they were arguing over $30 that he owed the pensioner.

He will return to court on December 12.

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