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Double stabbing murder trial continues

HE died from a stab wound that pierced his heart while his mate died after a knife pierced his abdomen.

But both men, Brad Girling and Brandon Matthews, were in the same fight with the same people and in the same street when they sustained these injuries that ended their lives.

The injuries the two young men sustained following a street fight in North Ipswich in 2012 have been recounted in painstaking detail in the Supreme Court.

Family and friends gasped from the public gallery as graphic injury photos of Mr Girling, 22, and Mr Matthews, 18, were shown on Monday.

The two men had been at a friend's place in Hill St before they were in a fight with Luke Michael Jackson and Zachary Michael Moloney in January, 2012.

Moloney and Jackson have both pleaded not guilty to murder.

Forensic pathologist Beng Ong explained to the court that Mr Matthews sustained a 10.2cm-long and 9cm-deep wound to his chest.

Mr Ong said the force inflicted would have been "moderate" and resulted in fairly substantial blood loss.

Mr Matthews also had a gaping wound on the left side of his chest that entered the heart chamber, the court heard.

The court was also shown photographs of two wounds on his arms.

Mr Ong said a test of Mr Matthew's blood taken at the Ipswich Hospital emergency department revealed a blood alcohol level of .149.

Mr Ong confirmed with defence barrister Dennis Lynch the wound that punctured Mr Matthew's heart would, on its own, be responsible for his death.

Mr Lynch also put it to him the other wounds would have been survivable.

"I would say you would be correct," Mr Ong replied.

Mr Ong was shown a photograph of a yellow-handled knife found on Hill Street after the fight.

Mr Ong confirmed he would expect blood on the knife if it inflicted the wounds on Mr Matthews.

The court heard Mr Girling sustained a stab wound to the left side of his abdomen that was 2.1cm long.

He died from that wound, subsequent blood loss and pieces of food lodging in his circulatory system.

The trial continues.



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