Qld man fights drug-dealer murder charge

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A drug dealer unknowingly hired his former lover as a sex worker before her new boyfriend allegedly bashed him to death, a Brisbane court has been told.

Mark Vincent Dayney pleaded not guilty of murdering Mark "Zeb" Spencer after his body was found on the patio of a Gold Coast home in October 2014.

Dayney's then-partner, Peta Lorang-Goubran, advertised sex services online, and the pair planned to rob Mr Spencer after he responded to her pseudonym without realising it was his ex, a jury was told in the outline of the crown case on Monday.

The idea was to distract him while Dayney searched for drugs and cash, but things escalated when Mr Spencer was attacked, the Supreme Court was told.

His "bloody and battered" body was found by his housemate who called emergency services, but Mr Spencer was declared dead at the scene.

A broken wooden tennis racquet and part of a baseball bat were found at the Coomera home, the jury was told

In her testimony, Ms Lorang-Goubran said she met Mr Spencer when he began working for her as a driver to and from work and between jobs with clients

The pair began a "casual, intimate" relationship for five weeks before she broke things off, she told the jury.

Some time after, Ms Lorang-Goubran said she started a relationship with Dayney and the pair moved in together.

She said she was honest about her history with Mr Spencer, and had mentioned that he sold drugs from his house.

On the night before Mr Spencer's death, she said she had a job lined up in Brisbane and had hoped to buy drugs for Dayney with the proceeds before it fell through.

He had used ice earlier that day and was "very eager" to obtain more, she said.

After returning home and going to bed, Ms Lorang-Goubran said she was woken by Dayney who had her phone and was asking if a message in response to her online advertisement was from Mr Spencer.

She said Dayney "demanded" he take her to Mr Spencer's house, and she tried to tell him it wasn't necessary, saying she could get a loan against her jewellery the next day.

The trial continues.

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