Men were murdered in row over $50, court told
A ROW over a $50 loan to a girl's former boyfriend led to a fight which killed two young men and leaves another two facing jail.
Luke Michael Jackson and Zachary Michael Moloney went on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday after pleading not guilty to murdering two men at North Ipswich.
The accused are allegedly responsible for the stabbing wounds that killed Brandon Matthews, of Gladstone, and Brad Girling, of Ipswich.
Family and friends packed the courtroom as the defence and crown labelled the deaths outside a party in Hill St as a tragedy.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller explained a disagreement over a $50 loan preceded the stabbing.
He said Moloney contacted his former girlfriend Maree Gascoigne on January 7, last year and asked to borrow $50 because he and Mr Jackson, 19, wanted to go out.
Ms Gascoigne said she agreed to give them the money.
But the court heard her friends were not happy about it.
The 26-year-old mother of two, who was at 8 Hill St with Mr Matthews, Mr Girling and their girlfriends, said Mr Girling grabbed the phone from her and began yelling at Mr Moloney.
"He took the phone from me and was yelling 'you shouldn't be borrowing money off her, you are not together anymore'," she told the jury.
Ms Gascoigne said that after Mr Matthews, 18, also grabbed the phone, she retreated to the bathroom to take the phone call in private.
Ms Gascoigne agreed to meet Jackson and Moloney, 23, down the street with the money they wanted to borrow.
"I told Tessa (Brad's girlfriend) I was going to get chips because I was hungry, which wasn't true," Ms Gascoigne said.
The court heard Ms Gascoigne gave Moloney the money before Mr Matthews and Mr Girling approached them and a fight started.
Mr Fuller told the jury as a result of the fight, Mr Girling, 22, sustained a 19cm long stab wound and Mr Matthews suffered a deep wound that punctured his heart.
During a police interview, Mr Fuller said that Moloney admitted he stabbed Mr Girling somewhere near the "upper thigh".
Defence barrister James Godbolt, for Jackson, told the jury there was no evidence at all to show Jackson had a knife in his possession or was using a knife in any way.
Mr Godbolt said the jury might conclude Moloney inflicted the injuries.
Moloney's barrister Dennis Lynch said his client was defending himself.
The trial continues.