A Norwegian man has been acquitted of killing his ex-boyfriend, whom he stabbed six times, after a Brisbane jury found he acted in self-defence.
Thomas Lysgaard was on trial for murdering the "love of his life" Aaron Joseph Stewart during an argument about money and the division of property at their Spring Hill unit on April 4, 2015.
The Brisbane Supreme Court jury shocked family and supporters of the dead man when they found Lysgaard not guilty of both murder and manslaughter on Friday.
The verdicts prompted outrage and gasps of disbelief within the court room where many had sat throughout the trial.
"You gutless pricks," one man said.
During three days of evidence the jury heard the 8cm blade of the kitchen knife Lysgaard wielded had pierced Mr Stewart's heart and lungs, causing him to quickly bleed to death.
The 39-year-old, who was still living with Mr Stewart although they had broken up months earlier, said he had been "drunk and scared".
The jury heard Lysgaard had drunk at least a bottle of red wine and is believed to have had a blood-alcohol level as high as 0.2 at the time of the killing.
According to the man, Mr Stewart pushed him and went for the knife, which was on a bedside table, but somehow dropped it.
Lysgaard said he grabbed the knife from the floor and swung it around behind him and hit his former lover who was pushing him down on his back.
He told the court stabbing Mr Stewart was an act of defence.
"I was scared, I was terrified if he got the knife before me I don't know what he would have done, if he would have killed me," Lysgaard testified.
Outside court, Mr Stewart's father Paul described the acquittal as "absolute crap" and questioned how the jury came to find the act that killed his son was self defence.
"The evidence didn't even lead down that path," he said.
"I didn't even think this was plausible, I thought he might get manslaughter but not off."
His son had wanted Lysgaard out of his life and had told friends if he was found dead it would be because of him, Mr Stewart said.
"(Lysgaard) was supposed to leave months earlier. They had broken up. Aaron wanted him out and that was all twisted in the court room," he said.
"How the jury didn't see that, it's just the evidence."
Mr Stewart thanked the police and prosecutors and said he understood Lysgaard would be imminently deported to Norway.