Guy's cousin's murder-accused admits drugs, alcohol
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 6:05p.m.
The man on trial for murdering Andy Marshall, Scott Guy's cousin, by pushing him though a pub window in Perth, has told a court he just wanted Mr Marshall out of his way.
In the Supreme Court of Western Australia, 26-year-old Stefan Pahia Schmidt stands accused of killing Mr Guy’s 29-year-old cousin Andy Marshall.
Stefan Schmidt describes himself as a 150kg man with a lot of muscle.
But he told the court he wasn't in a fit of rage when he pushed Mr Marshall, and he didn't mean him any harm.
However, he admitted he had been drinking for most of the day and had taken two ecstasy pills and smoked cannabis.
Mr Marshall fell 5m after going through the window and died the next day in hospital.
Mr Marshall grew up with Mr Guy and had at one time worked on the Guy family farm, the eventual crime scene in Mr Guy’s death.
He was working in Perth as a musician and roof tiler before falling to his death last year through a second-storey window at the Ocean Beach Hotel.
The question facing the court jury this week is whether or not it was an accident, as Schmidt’s lawyer Tom Percy has argued.
The court has been shown a security video of Mr Marshall plunging to his death.
Prosecutor Amanda Forrester explained during her opening address what was happening on the screen.
At one point, two young women identified as friends of Schmidt, were seen to walk off camera with Mr Marshall following them.
A large, bald man identified as Schmidt then strode across the dance room floor in the same direction.
Ms Forrester said Schmidt then argued with Mr Marshall over the girls and pushed him through the window.
Mark Sylva, a security guard who was working on the night of Mr Marshall’s death, described Schmidt shoving Mr Marshall towards the window with “a fairly hard, forceful push”.
The footage showed a window dislodging and falling from the second floor of the Ocean Beach Hotel in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe, shattering on the concrete below.
Mr Marshall followed, landing on the footpath. He died a few hours later in hospital.
The trial is continuing this week.
Watch the video for pictures from the trial.
3 News / NZN
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