Stab accused's cocktail of drugs, booze

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Levi Elliott is drunk, he's had a cocktail of booze, cannabis and painkillers, and would really like to call his mum.

It's after 2am on August 25, 2018 - it's Elliott's 30th birthday. But the celebrations are over and instead he's giving a police interview.

Just hours before, Elliott is accused of stabbing a man with such ferocity that the victim's jugular vein was severed.

Levi John Stephen Elliott, 33, was partying at the Brothers St Brendan's Leagues Club in south Brisbane when he allegedly fatally stabbed Adam Woodward, 35, on August 24, 2018.

Elliott has pleaded not guilty to murder claiming he feared for his life and acted in self-defence when he stabbed Mr Woodward 17 times.

On the seventh day of the Brisbane Supreme Court trial on Tuesday, body-worn video footage of a police interview with Elliott has been played to the jury.

He tells Detective Sergeant Brad Williams he's taken strong pain medication for an injured shoulder before drinking all night but wants to "do the right thing".

"My head hurts, my hand hurts, my shoulder really hurts, my face hurts, but I'm trying to help," Elliott tells the detectives.

"I just want to do the right thing."

Elliott says he knows he's in trouble but didn't mean to hurt anyone.

"It was a massive night .... It was my birthday, we'd been drinking. There's a lot I don't remember," he says.

The court has been told there was "no love lost" between Elliott and the victim.

Months before, Mr Woodward had a sexual encounter with Elliott's half-sister Mackenzie Siglin who worked at the club.

Ms Siglin later filed multiple complaints of harassment and wanted the victim banned from the club.

Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco told the jury Elliott was convinced Mr Woodward mistreated Ms Siglin and his mother.

The jury was told there had been heated clashes between the pair, with threats Mr Woodward would end up with a "knife in his throat" during an earlier scuffle.

After months of antagonism, Elliott purchased a butterfly knife from online retailer Wish - a weapon delivered 11 days before the deadly fight.

The night of the confrontation, security footage showed Elliott sought out Mr Woodward who was drinking separately with friends.

Just before 9pm, the growing tension erupted with witnesses claiming Elliott goaded Mr Woodward to follow him outside.

But Elliott told the court he was on his way home.

"He had a go at me, I walked away. I walked up the road, he followed me down ... there was a whole group onto us.

"Then I got hit. Basically, I walked away from the venue. He come down and followed me.

"It's just self-defence basically. I dead-set feared for my safety. I thought he was going to kill me."

Elliott admitted parts of the night remained a blur.

"I was so pissed, I didn't know what I was doing.

"I don't know what happened, I just know it wasn't my intention to hurt anyone.

"The facts are I did not antagonise, I did not start, I didn't even throw the first punch.

"I did not go there intentionally to hurt, let alone murder, anybody."

Witnesses said after the fight, as Mr Woodward collapsed on the roadside, they realised Elliott was armed.

Mr Woodward suffered 17 wounds including the fatal laceration to his neck that transected his jugular vein and died at the scene.

Elliott fled on foot, ditching the butterfly knife in a drain before later being discovered hiding in a front yard and covered in blood.

The trial before Justice Glenn Martin continues.

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