A man accused of a fatal stabbing at a south Brisbane rugby league club had been showing off the weapon to other people hours earlier, a court has heard.
On the fifth day of Levi John Stephen Elliott’s trial for the murder of Adam John Woodward on August 24, 2018, the court heard Mr Elliott had showed at least two friends from Brother’s St Brendan’s rugby league the “tricks” he had learned to perform with the butterfly knife he had ordered from Wish weeks earlier.
Mr Elliott is accused of stabbing Mr Woodward 17 times on the street later that night with the same weapon.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Lachlan Reeves, a fellow player from the club, told the court he had been shown the knife by Mr Elliott just after 7pm.
“He was saying he had gotten it off Wish … It had two handles and was in his pocket,” he said.
“He was goofing around, throwing it in the air and trying to catch it.
“He did drop it once.”
In the weeks leading up to the attack, the court heard Mr Elliott would send Snapchat videos of him showing off knife tricks to his sister, Makenzie Siglin.
The court heard Ms Siglin – who worked as a bartender at the Leagues club – had had a one off sexual encounter with Mr Woodward, and had been harassed by him afterwards.
Giving evidence on Friday, Ms Siglin told the jury she’d filed multiple complaints about Mr Woodward and wanted to have him banned from the club.
She told the court she was asked to drop the complaints by management because Mr Woodward “drank expensive alcohol and … kept the bar afloat”.
“There had also been texts from him … But I just blocked his number and ignored him,” she said.
While Ms Siglin and Mr Woodward had been intimate before Mr Elliott began working as a manager at the Leagues club and meeting Mr Woodward, multiple witnesses on Friday spoke about the well-known “animosity” between the two men.
Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco said earlier in the week that the reason Mr Elliott did not like Mr Woodward was because he had “treated his sister badly”.
On Friday, the court heard Mr Woodward had, prior to August 24, called Ms Siglin the “club slut” and had put her mother in a headlock.
On the night Mr Woodward was killed, Mr Elliott had been celebrating his birthday.
The pair had a brief conversation at the bar, which Mr Woodward had relayed to John Hawley, who testified on Friday.
“Adam told me that he’d asked Levi if there was going to be trouble that night,” he told the court.
“ … Adam said Levi said ‘no, it’s my birthday, I’m not here for trouble, just here for a drink’.”
Ms Siglin told the court there had been a point during the night while she was working behind the bar when she was joking around with her brother who said “if the cops come tonight, you’ve got my back right sis?”.
“But they (the club) would prefer no one called the cops,” she said.
The trial continues.