Criminals allegedly beat a man in a fight over meth for hours before stabbing him in the heart – then told a female roommate, ‘I don’t want to hurt you’
- Jamie Phillips, 46, died of a stab wound and was found in a vacant lot in 2018
- Three men, aged between 38 and 39, are charged with murder but plead not guilty
- They would have hit Mr. Phillips for hours before fatally stabbing him
The naked and beaten body of a stabbed man was found on the side of a road in NSW after an argument over the drug ice, a jury has heard.
Jamie Phillips, 46, died of a stab wound to the heart before being found uncovered with his legs in a folded position on an empty lot in Campbelltown on October 25, 2018.
Barry Paul Cavanagh and Nathan McIvor, both 38, and Sean David O’Keefe, 39, have pleaded not guilty to murder.
Jamie Phillips with his daughter
The men acted in a joint criminal venture to inflict serious bodily harm on Mr. Phillips through a “ sustained or prolonged physical assault ” that resulted in someone pulling out a knife that ultimately killed him, the Crown said.
The jury will hear from Sharyn Gallagher meeting the three suspects in the Campbelltown McDonald’s parking lot in the early hours of Oct. 25, before returning to her home in Ambarvale, prosecutor Chris Taylor told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
She will say that the men whispered to each other all evening before disappearing into a bedroom with Mr. Phillips, from which she heard screams and loud thumps “consistent with wrestling in this room.”
Police arrest 38-year-old Nathan McIvor in 2019 for the 2018 murder of Jamie Phillips. Since then, he, along with his co-accused Barry Paul Cavanagh and Sean David O’Keefe, has pleaded not guilty to murder.
After asking what was going on, a guy replied, “It’s okay Shaz, it’s just us guys figuring out our shit, we’ll be out in a minute.”
Feeling scared, she retreated to her room when O’Keefe and McIvor followed her with a knife in hand.
“I don’t want to hurt you,” McIvor tells her.
She later remembers seeing a man lying face down in a room wearing Mr. Phillips’ signature bright orange sneakers before she was quickly led away and locked in her bedroom.
Phillips’ (photo) family said they don’t know the accused murderer, and they’ve never heard or seen him
When she was released, only Cavanagh was left with blood on his shoes, which he asked her to remove.
“Sorry I made all the noise and we upset the neighbors. Sorry about those guys, we all got out of control with each other, ‘he reportedly said before leaving.
Mr. Phillips’s dumped body was found that day with a “very high level” of ice, as he was a regular user.
The blow started because Cavanagh and O’Keefe had stolen ice cream from Mr. Phillips trying to get it back, Mr. Taylor said.
One issue for the jury to decide was whether all three defendants were acting in a joint criminal venture to murder Mr. Phillips or the alternative of an extensive joint criminal enterprise to attack him, in the expectation that serious bodily harm would occur. are inflicted.
Gallagher has agreed to testify after pleading guilty to destroying camera footage shot at her home on the night in question.
The process continues.
Footage from McIvor’s arrest shows police arresting McIvor on the ground before handcuffing him while still barefoot