A concrete mixer accused of murdering his boss has been sent to trial after a court heard reports of tension and assaults between them.
Jordan Theodore Van Doorn, 29, was charged with murdering Khalil Ibrahim, 59, on October 8, 2021, in the eastern Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill.
Van Doorn went to Ibrahim’s house on that date and the couple ended up in a physical confrontation that left the older man beaten and stabbed.
Van Doorn has previously claimed that he acted in self-defense.
Brisbane Magistrates Court heard three witnesses on Tuesday, including one who said he was shocked after Ibrahim grabbed Van Doorn’s genitals at a workplace.
Van Doorn’s former colleague testified that they had known the defendant for a long time and were on good terms with Ibrahim.
The specific partner said that Van Doorn began to have trouble concentrating on his work.
When questioned by Van Doorn’s attorney, Scott Lynch, the concreter said that Ibrahim was concerned about the defendant’s job performance.
“There was tension because the work was not done; Jordan was up late,” the witness said.