Three mates who seriously flogged a man they murdered before dumping his naked body in a vacant lot in Sydney's southwest did intend to cause him severe harm, a jury has been told.
All three men were open to the possibility of causing really serious bodily injury when acting in a joint criminal enterprise and therefore should all be found guilty of murder, crown prosecutor Chris Taylor said in his closing address to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Blunt force injuries to the head, neck, arms and legs were found on 46-year-old Campbelltown man Jamie Phillips after he died from a stab wound to the chest in October 2018.
Barry Paul Cavanagh and Nathan McIvor, both 38, and Sean David O'Keefe, 39, have pleaded not guilty to murder.
"When we compare the autopsy there is a consistency with Jamie Phillips being the receiver of a three-on-one sustained beating or a good old flogging," Mr Taylor said.
"The stab wound just so happened to go on to cause the death."
Blood splattered on the drawers, shelves, stairs and floor of the crime scene linked back to forensic evidence of each of the accused.
Despite O'Keefe confessing to the stabbing in self-defence after Mr Phillips lunged at him "without warning," the Crown submits Cavanagh dealt the final killing blow.
The three men showed a "remarkable absence of any types of defensive wounds".
Descriptions of Mr Phillips being on some kind of raging four-day bender totally out of control when he arrived at the Ambarvale house before his murder have also been disputed by the Crown.
After stealing $900 from his brother he shot off into the night in search of the ice, precisely what all three alleged assailants were also in need of, Mr Taylor said.
A fight later erupted because Cavanagh and O'Keefe allegedly stole the drug from Mr Phillips who tried to grab it back.
A woman who cannot be named for legal reasons testified to becoming petrified after hearing banging noises then seeing her friend's unmoving distinctive orange shoes upturned in her home.
Another witness said O'Keefe told him "nobody could know" Cavanagh had done the stabbing, and that he was going to put his hand up.
But Cavanagh's lawyer Winston Terracini QC dismissed the woman's evidence saying she manipulated the best version of events to benefit herself.
"People come into her home all the time and she gives them free ice until they are hooked ... what a wretched creature," he said.
As for the informant, a "serial thief who steals money from old-aged pensioners,"' Mr Terracini asked what the likelihood was of him hitting the jackpot in jail when hearing a murder confession of a man he knew.
"The people involved in this case and their responsibility to the community, they really aren't cutting the mustard."
He reminded the jury this was no movie and they had entered into a murky world, but that murder was a hefty price to pay for something his client did not do.
The trial continues.