STILL GRIEVING: Paula Matthews, mother of stabbing victim Brandon Matthews, at the scene of his death.
STILL GRIEVING: Paula Matthews, mother of stabbing victim Brandon Matthews, at the scene of his death. Claudia Baxter

Two men to face murder trial over double stabbing

TWO Ipswich men have been committed to stand trial over the fatal stabbing of two young men in North Ipswich.

Zachary Michael Maloney, 23, and Luke Michael Jackson, 19, were yesterday committed to trial on two counts each of murder and one count each of acts intended to maim or cause grievous bodily harm.

Brad Girling, 22, of North Ipswich, and Brandon Matthews, 18, formerly of Gladstone, were killed when they were stabbed with knives during a street fight over $50 at Hill St on January 8.

Their friend David Bevin Barker, then 25, was also stabbed but survived.

Giving evidence to Ipswich Magistrates Court, forensic pathologist Dr Ben Ong concluded both men had died from significant stab wounds after he conducted post mortems on the bodies.

Dr Ong told the court Mr Matthews had large gaping horizontal and vertical wounds to his chest which had penetrated his chest cavity and pierced his lung, but the fatal stab wound was to his heart.

Dr Ong said the wound was 2.1cm by 1.8cm and pierced the left side of his chest.

Mr Girling was killed by a stab wound to the upper abdomen from a blade which was used to slash the victim's stomach on an angle.

Most of his stab wounds were to the vascular area of his body including a 19cm slash which severed his major blood vessels.

The court heard two murder weapons were found, one of which had a 12cm blade.

The fiancees of the deceased men were present on the night of the murders and gave evidence yesterday.

The court had heard another friend, Maree Gascoigne, had been fighting with Maloney over $50 and there had been a few heated phone calls back and forward during the night.

Mr Girling's fiancee Tessa, who was expecting a child at time, told the court she had been on the veranda of the house during the phone calls, after which Mr Matthews, Girling and Barker "jogged" out to the street.

She said by the time she and Mr Matthews' fiancee reached the front fence she couldn't see the trio anymore.

Tessa said she could see a female and two men she couldn't recognise "standing on the other side of the street".

She said she didn't see the fight but heard shouting and then Brad Girling walked up to her. The court heard he told them "he'd been stabbed but he didn't say anything else".

The accused were remanded in custody and their case was committed to trial at the Supreme Court in Brisbane on a date to be fixed.



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