Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing
A SELF-confessed drug dealer who was present at the alleged murder of Kieren Pye last year told a committal hearing the victim wanted to sell drugs to pay his rent.
Peter Bell yesterday told Ipswich Magistrates Court of the moment a drug deal at Carole Park on April 2 "cut sick" moments before Mr Pye was allegedly stabbed.
Four people, Redbank Plains man Wayne Lemaga, 30, Bellbird Park woman Cassandra Renee Levelle, 37, Gailes man Tupu Sauaga, 24, and Goodna man Paul Anthony Benecki, 41, appeared in court in day three of a committal hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.
Each is charged with the murder of Mr Pye.
Mr Bell told the court he did not want to sell the drugs because he already "had enough to party".
"Kieren asked me to do it because he was behind on rent," he said.
"If a brother asks you to do something, you do it without question.
"I didn't want to sell the drugs, I wanted to use them, to abuse them."
Mr Bell said he had "a bit over" half an ounce of methamphetamine with him on the night of Mr Pye's murder but could not say of its value.
"All I can tell you is the value is a good time," he said in cross-examination.
Mr Bell said he saw one man restrain Mr Pye and "a stabbing motion in his guts two to three times" before he saw a man "soaked in Kieren's blood".
"I was listening to a girl scream her little heart out because we were being attacked," he said of another witness present at the time of the alleged incident.
"I heard me mate screaming then all I saw was (a man) stabbing me mate.
"I heard him screaming in agony.
"I couldn't see (Kieren) and I'm glad I couldn't but knowing Kieren he would be doing it with his face up.
"When I got out the car he was still laying on his back stabbed."