A Brisbane man on trial for murder has rejected he knew what he was doing when he repeatedly choked, punched and kicked a woman to death.
Alex Reuben McEwan on Thursday told a Brisbane Supreme Court jury how he killed Eunji Ban in Brisbane’s CBD in November 2013.
McEwan has admitted to Ms Ban’s manslaughter, but his lawyer argues his schizophrenia meant he could not control himself.
He claims he was possessed by a demon named Jazzy when he beat Ms Ban near her Roma Street Parklands unit, dragged her body and dumped it in Wickham park then decorated a tree with her hair.
Crown prosecutor David Meredith suggested McEwan exaggerated his psychosis to avoid responsibility for Ms Ban’s death.
Mr Meredith said McEwan’s attempts to cover up the killing, by moving her body and lying next to it to give the impression to passing drivers they were drunk, showed he was conscious of his actions.
“It was Jazzy … my body was his,” McEwan said under cross-examination.
“I was possessed by a demon.”
He says he first began seeing visions of the demon as a child and that it encouraged him to harm other people and himself.
The jury heard McEwan’s trial last year was abandoned because he began hitting himself in the head, claiming he did so after the supernatural being told him to attack Mr Meredith.
The trial continues.