Brisbane stabbing victim's jugular slashed

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Adam Woodward was warned he would end up with a "knife in his throat" days before he was stabbed to death in a drunken brawl, a Brisbane trial has heard

Levi John Stephen Elliott, 33, was celebrating his birthday at the Brothers St Brendan's Leagues Club in south Brisbane on August 24, 2018, when he allegedly fatally stabbed Mr Woodward, 35, slashing his jugular vein.

Elliott has pleaded not guilty to murder in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday, claiming he feared for his life and acted in self-defence.

The court was told there was "no love lost" between the pair who had a volatile relationship and clashed repeatedly in the months before the fatal fight.

Prosecutor Caroline Marco described Elliott as "angry" at Mr Woodward, claiming he treated his sister badly after a "one-off sexual encounter".

Mr Woodward also had history with Elliott's mother, damaging her car by kicking a panel in the club car park.

During one argument between the pair Elliott warned Mr Woodward he would end up with a "knife in his throat".

Eliott later ordered a special butterfly flick knife from online retailer Wish which was delivered 11 days before the deadly fight.

The simmering animosity between the pair erupted on a night when Mr Woodward was drinking at the leagues club and Elliott was enjoying his pre-birthday celebrations.

During the night, the two men and their friends circled each other, even playing pool alongside one another before Elliott began to taunt Mr Woodward.

During her opening statement to Elliott's trial, Ms Marco said video footage would show Elliott "starting trouble" about 7.20pm.

"Levi was niggling Adam by clapping hands and making sarcastic comments about his shots," Ms Marco told the jury.

Mr Woodward ignored the taunts as friends tried to intervene, telling Eliiott to "calm down" and "stop causing trouble".

"It did nothing to quell his mood," Ms Marco said.

"He continued to jeer Adam ... and express his feelings of antipathy to others," she said.

She said Elliott's intentions were clear - showing a number of people the knife and telling barman Nicholas Owen "if the cops get called tonight, remember we are mates".

By 9pm, the simmering tension erupted as Elliott challenged Mr Woodward to "settle things" outside saying: "I want to hurt you, come on. I want to hurt you, come on where there are no cameras".

Witnesses cannot agree who threw the first punch but will give evidence Elliott clutched the butterfly knife in one hand, repeatedly stabbing Mr Woodward.

The victim suffered 17 wounds including the fatal laceration to his neck that transected his jugular vein that caused massive haemorrhaging before collapsing his left lung, the court was told.

As Mr Woodward slumped on the roadside, Elliott taunted his dying victim: "Is that all you've got?"

Elliott fled on foot, ditching the butterfly knife in a drain before later being found by police in a front yard almost a kilometre from the club.

Defence barrister Gregory Maguire said the butterfly knife "was a trick knife used to perform tricks", before reminding the jury to keep an open mind throughout the trial.

The trial, set down for a week, continues.

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