A young man tried to stab his brother to death for insulting a Muslim prophet, a court has heard.
Safaa Allami, 22, is accused of attempting to murder his older brother Ali Allami during a row at their Cloverdale home in Perth’s eastern suburbs.
Ali Allami was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, prosecutor Nicholas Cogin said.
It is claimed he was stabbed seven times in the chest, back and flank, suffering a pierced liver and kidney that could have cost him his life.
A Supreme Court jury heard on Monday that Safaa Allami left the family home shortly after the stabbing on October 12, 2010, before police arrived.
Mr Cogin said he went to the home of his friend Elyas Ali, his clothes stained with his brother’s blood, and was recorded confessing to the crime later that day.
Safaa Allami, who was born in Iraq and denies he attempted to kill his brother, then tried to make a getaway and bought a ticket to Brisbane the following day, the jury was told.
“The state says that Safaa Allami is a very religious man, but his brother wasn’t, and that his brother defamed the prophet,” Mr Cogin told the court.
“As a result of that, that was the final straw that caused Safaa Allami to stab his brother.”
During the recorded admission made to Mr Ali, Safaa Allami is alleged to have said he “would do it again” if the opportunity arose, the court was told.
Ali Allami has never said his brother stabbed him, defence lawyer Steven Shadgeet said.
The defence claims Ali Allami was involved in organised crime and threats had been made against him earlier in October 2010.
His brother did not want the perpetrator to know police had been called over the stabbing, Mr Shadgeet said.
It is claimed he made the comments to Mr Ali in a bid to avoid any retribution.
Mr Ali is said to have thought his friend was “exaggerating and making things up as he went along", however.
The trial, due to last eight days, continues.