Rae Wilson

Court hears accused was shocked that two men died in brawl

SOBBING through his answers, Luke Michael Jackson sounded shocked when police told him two men died in a brawl that he was also involved in.

"What happened?..two blokes are dead," a police officer tells Mr Jackson during a recorded interview played to a Supreme Court jury.

Mr Jackson: "They're dead? What's their names, can you please tell me their names?"

Mr Jackson: "I didn't stab them."

Police: "Well, somebody did and that's what we are here to find out."

The recorded interview was played to a jury hearing murder charges against Mr Jackson and friend Zachary Michael Moloney.

Both young Ipswich men have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing deaths of Brandon Matthews, 18, and Brad Girling, 22, in January, 2012.

In his closing submission on Tuesday13/8, Mr Jackson's defence barrister James Godbolt said the interview showed his client's utter disbelief.

"What it shows is what he knows of what occurred," he said.

Mr Jackson is accused of aiding his friend, Mr Moloney, in the deaths.

But Mr Godbolt said Mr Jackson was wrestling with another man, David Barker, when the alleged stabbings occurred during the street fight in North Ipswich.

"He is nowhere near what is happening to Brandon Matthews - he doesn't touch him," Mr Godbolt said.

"How can he be guilty of murder? How can he be guilty of manslaughter?"

The court heard DNA found on a black-handled knife after the Hill St fight belonged to Mr Moloney.

Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller submitted to the jury earlier that Mr Jackson knew his friend had the knife, assisted him and, therefore, could be held criminal responsibility.

Mr Moloney's defence team have argued Mr Moloney acted in self-defence.

The trial continues.



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