Homicide trial hears man allegedly bashed Peter Hillier in entrance of artwork gallery proprietor within the Eyre Peninsula

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A person allegedly advised a number of lies to authorities after his journey companion was discovered lifeless at a Venus Bay home on the Eyre Peninsula, the South Australian Supreme Court docket has heard.

Adam Troy Bennett, from Lake Haven in New South Wales, is accused of drunkenly bashing his intoxicated journey companion Peter Hillier to dying at Poochera behind an artwork gallery in Might 2022.

The 44-year-old has pleaded not responsible and the trial started on Monday.

Prosecutor Patrick Hill advised the court docket that the artwork gallery proprietor will give proof that he witnessed the accused allegedly bashing Mr Hillier after his journey companion refused to go away the gallery.

“The accused was attempting to get the deceased into [their motor home’s] passenger seat,” Mr Hill mentioned.

“The deceased continued to yell that he needed to remain… and saved sliding out because the accused saved placing him again into the passenger seat.”

Mr Hill mentioned the alleged sufferer ultimately fell all the best way out of the car and landed on his again – earlier than the accused allegedly straddled him and roughly pushed a big rock into the deceased’s face.

“Following that in the identical place, he began punching the deceased repeatedly within the head and forcefully,” the prosecutor mentioned.

The trial into the dying of Peter Hillier begins this week.(ABC Information: Che Chorley)

The prosecutor mentioned the witness left in the course of the assault, out of concern of being attacked by Mr Bennett’s two canines that had been proper beside him in the course of the alleged assault.

“[The witness] locked the door to his gallery and left,” Mr Hill mentioned.

The prosecution mentioned Mr Bennett referred to as an ambulance for Mr Hillier the subsequent day at Venus Bay, the place the 2 had been staying, and advised a “spectacular lie” that was repeated to police and investigators.

“Considerably he has lied about the place he was on the night time,” Mr Hill mentioned.

The prosecutor mentioned the accused positioned him and his good friend in Port Lincoln “fishing” the night time earlier than — and whereas Mr Hillier was driving the pair again to Venus Bay, he abruptly ejected himself from their car.

Mr Hill mentioned the accused advised authorities the alleged sufferer “form of run himself over” earlier than claiming he was capable of cease the car from the passenger seat.

“He is lied about how the deceased sustained the accidents which killed him,” the prosecutor mentioned.

SA Police mentioned Peter Hillier purchased a motor dwelling in Adelaide.(Provided: SA Police)

Mr Hill mentioned the accused advised the ambulance operator the next day that his good friend was “mumbling” but in addition “actually chilly”.

“When the ambulance officers arrived….he was by then chilly to the contact, not floppy and evidently not respiration,” the prosecutor mentioned.

Mr Hill mentioned the post-mortem confirmed no accidents in line with falling out of and being crushed by a car.

The court docket heard the alleged sufferer had sliding sort abrasions and gravel in his crotch space which the crown alleges is “in line with a physique being dragged throughout a floor”.

Mr Hill mentioned the pair met at a bushfire refuge in Kempsey, NSW, and ultimately lived collectively – with the accused allegedly exhibiting “controlling behaviour” over Mr Hillier in the course of the course of their friendship.

Defence lawyer David Moen made transient submissions, telling the court docket his consumer had no intention of killing Mr Hillier.

Mr Moen added there could be “hotly contested” points in relation to motive, reason for dying and whether or not Mr Hillier’s head got here in touch to the ground as he fell from the motor dwelling.

The trial earlier than Justice Sandi McDonald continues this week.

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