A man allegedly stabbed another man to death in a jealous rage after twice reassuring the young victim’s mother no harm would come to him.
Robert John Nott has pleaded not guilty to murdering 21-year-old Nathan Wiseman after a heavy drinking session near the banks of the Noosa River on the Sunshine Coast on Boxing Day 2015.
The pair fought after Nott, who was 38 at the time, believed Mr Wiseman wanted to seduce his “lady friend”, prosecutors allege.
Mr Wiseman punched Nott but was stabbed in the ensuing scuffle.
His bloody body was found in a Tewantin street the next day by a passer-by, the court heard.
He had stab wounds through his neck, heart and lungs.
On the first day of his Brisbane Supreme Court trial on Wednesday, Nott’s defence lawyer argued he was defending himself and did not intend to kill.
Nott himself suffered eye and kidney injuries.
The court heard that shortly before the fight, Mr Wiseman’s mother approached him during the drinking session with a group including Nott.
The court heard Nott twice reassured her of Mr Wiseman’s safety, saying: “He’s alright with us, love.”
“She noticed her son was quite drunk and was a 10 on the drunk scale,” crown prosecutor Danny Boyle said in opening submissions.
Violence ensued after Nott became jealous of Mr Wiseman, the court heard.
The trial continues.
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