Man denies murdering Gold Coast surfer

Cheryl Goodenough
·2-min read

A Queensland man denies murdering a 46-year-old surfer whose badly decomposed body was found in a pool of blood in his Gold Coast home.

Darren Kenneth Mitchell pleaded not guilty to murdering Edward Lockyer at Coolangatta in January 2018.

The 48-year-old offered to plead guilty to manslaughter in Brisbane Supreme Court, but that plea was rejected by the prosecution.

Mr Lockyer's maggot-infested body was found in a pool of blood at his Dixon Street, Coolangatta home days after he died.

His friends alerted police because they hadn't been able to contact him.

Officers who attended on February 1 were confronted with a "concerning smell" and flies at the windows, crown prosecutor Philip McCarthy QC told the jury at the start of trial on Monday.

After forcing entry into the unit police found blood-spattered walls that "bespoke of a wild end to his life".

The court heard Mr Lockyer lived on a fortnightly pension and cash he made selling cannabis kept in containers inside his lounge chairs.

There was no sign of his wallet, money or drugs when police found the body.

Mr McCarthy said Mitchell and Mr Lockyer were not strangers, having lived together for at least a month sometime before the killing.

Mr Lockyer sustained "at least 10 impacts" to his head consistent with being kicked or stomped on with hardened footwear, Mr McCarthy told the court.

He said Mitchell told police numerous versions about what occurred and the reason for the killing may never be known.

Mitchell claimed he went to Mr Lockyer to ask for cannabis and while there asked about an allegation Mr Lockyer had sexually abused a child about a year earlier, Mr McCarthy told the jury.

Mr McCarthy said Mitchell told police he blacked out, couldn't explain what happened and didn't go through Mr Lockyer's house looking for money or cannabis.

He admitted wearing black steel-capped boots but told police he put them in the bin afterwards.

The trial continues before Justice Soraya Ryan.