Trial over murdered ex-Coast chef begins

MURDER TRIAL BEGINS: Peter Milos with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay (inset) and the scene of his death.
MURDER TRIAL BEGINS: Peter Milos with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay (inset) and the scene of his death. Kristian Silva

THE man who allegedly killed former Sunshine Coast chef Peter Milos was ordering fast food moments after crushing his victim's skull and leaving his bloody body in a heap.

That's what a jury has been asked to accept as a murder trial against the alleged culprit James Thomas Howell begins in Brisbane.

Crown Prosecutor Glenn Cash told Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday Mr Milos, 26, was preparing to travel to his home country of Croatia to escape the drug world when he was savagely beaten to death in the garage of a Morningside home in May, 2014.

The successful chef and after-hours drug dealer was said to be in possession of more than $7000 cash the day he was savagely beaten with a hammer and spirit leveller up to 14 times.

Mr Cash said on that same day, Mr Milos had sent a text message to Mr Howell's phone saying "just opened the garage".

Video footage captured at Morningside train station and at the nearby KFC, Mr Cash said, showed Mr Howell walking down a street close to the crime scene before and ordering food at the take-away store on his way home.

He said Mr Howell was unable to account for 90 minutes between the first and second pieces of footage and told the jury that while the case was "built on circumstances", they could be satisfied the "only rational explanation" was that he had killed Mr Milos during that time.

Defence barrister Dennis Lynch told the jury Mr Milos had other enemies and was being hunted by at least two people over unpaid drug debts.

He said crime scene photos would show and questioned why, in the video footage, no blood could be seen on his client

The trial continues.


Topics:  james thomas howell murder trial peter milos

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