A man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a Brisbane footballer during a fatal brawl outside a rugby league club.
Levi John Stephen Elliott had pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing Adam John Woodward with a butterfly knife outside the Brothers St Brendan’s Leagues Club in August 2018.
On Monday, the jury deliberated for just two hours before returning a guilty verdict.
Justice Glenn Martin then sentenced Elliott to life imprisonment.
Throughout the trial, the jury was told Mr Woodward sustained 17 stab wounds during the fight with Elliott outside the club on August 24, 2018.
The crown argued Elliott had taken the butterfly knife – purchased 11 days earlier from online retailer Wish – to the club that night knowing Mr Woodward would be there and inflicted the wounds “intending to kill or at least cause grievous bodily harm”.
Elliott’s defence counsel argued he had acted in self-defence while Mr Woodward was assaulting him on the ground.
Elliott said he had purchased the knife to perform tricks.
He was captured on CCTV footage antagonising Mr Woodward through the night before goading him into a fight on the street.
The pair had a history of animosity towards each other; Mr Woodward had been in a dispute with Elliott’s mother where he damaged her car several months earlier.
The jury was told Elliott believed Mr Woodward had treated his sister Mackenzie Siglin badly following a one-off sexual encounter between the pair.
In the months prior to the brawl Elliott had also spoken to others about wanting to fight Mr Woodward and had threatened he would end up with a “knife in his throat”.
During the trial, Elliott said “instinct kicked in” when the pair began brawling and he used the knife defensively.
He gave evidence he heard loud footsteps as he was walking up the street away from the club and was suddenly hit from behind by Mr Woodward.
Ms Marco had urged the jury to reject his version of events as he had tried to paint himself as the victim.
“He tried to present an innocent explanation for every incriminating statement he made, whether it was what he was saying … was taken out of context, or he was embellishing to witnesses what happened,” Ms Marco told the jury.
More to come.