A jealous rage over a gay love triangle led a Qatar man to stab his rival 14 times and leave him to bleed to death in a Subiaco unit, a Perth jury was told today.
Mohammed Ahmed Almansouri, 39, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Texan man Kenneth Horack on August 4 last year and is now facing a Supreme Court trial.
The accused and Mr Horack, 48, were both in a relationship with Ben Campbell, who had only recently moved to Perth for work.
State prosecutor Laura Christian said in her opening address that the accused travelled to Perth and set up house for Mr Campbell.
She said nine days before his death Mr Horack arrived in WA from the US to visit Mr Campbell, his partner of 17 years, and all three men lived in a two-bedroom unit.
Jurors were told Mr Campbell and Mr Almansouri met online and started a relationship in 2009 when Mr Campbell was working in Qatar.
The prosecutor said Mr Campbell and the accused had been arguing over Mr Horack’s arrival and the sleeping arrangements. She said the three men living under the same roof was a "disaster waiting to happen".
She said on August 4 Mr Campbell was having dinner with his bosses and received a call from Mr Almansouri who was crying and told him "I killed Kenny" and something like: "Why did this picture have to go up?"
Ms Christian alleged Mr Almansouri became angry after arriving home and realising Mr Horack had put up framed photographs of himself and Mr Campbell that day. Mr Almansouri had previously put up photographs of himself with Mr Campbell.
The prosecutor said Mr Almansouri told detectives he had brought a folding knife out of his bedroom to scare Mr Horack to take down the photograph.
He told police that Mr Horack was nasty to him and told him that this was not his house and he was "just a houseboy". One of the photographs of Mr Horack and Mr Campbell was found smashed.
Ms Christian said Mr Horack, found by police slumped over an ottoman in the lounge room, had suffered 14 stab wounds, including to his head, neck, chest, arms, legs, shoulder and buttock.
She said Mr Almansouri told police Mr Horack was still moving on the sofa when he left.
Ms Christian told jurors that given the number of wounds and force required they should be satisfied that Mr Almansouri intended to kill Mr Horack.
In his opening remarks, defence lawyer Laurie Levy told jurors that the case did not involve a jealous rage.
He said relations between Mr Almansouri and Mr Horack had deteriorated when the accused and Mr Campbell visited the US in May last year, with all three men travelling together in America.
Mr Levy said self-defence would be a focus of the trial and alleged Mr Horack initiated the violent confrontation by stabbing Mr Almansouri in the buttock.
He also told jurors that another man witnessed the events as his client saw Mr Horack sitting with another man in the lounge room when he arrived home shortly before the confrontation.
Mr Levy said his client had been out all day and had consumed alcohol before arriving home.
He said there were two struggles - one in the hallway after Mr Horack allegedly followed the accused to the back bedroom and then in the lounge room - and during the confrontation Mr Horack had been on top of Mr Almansouri.
The court was told Mr Almansouri, who was arrested when he arrived back to the Barker Roadd flat after Mr Campbell phoned triple zero when he was rushing home, was not aware he had suffered two stab wounds to his buttocks until police asked him about it.
Mr Campbell, a 44-year-old American, appeared nervous and fought back tears in the witness box as he begun his evidence this afternoon. He said Mr Horack was sad when he told him of his relationship with Mr Almansouri.
"Kenny said when you’re at home you sleep with me, but I’m OK if you sleep with Mohammed when we’re travelling," he said.
Mr Almansouri, an Arabic man who has some English skills, is being assisted during the trial by an interpreter.The two-week trial before Justice Lindy Jenkins continues.
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