The court has heard from a security guard his account of how New Zealander Andrew Marshall was shoved towards a window and fell two floors to his death.
The security guard watched an “upset” man walk up to Marshall and shove him towards a window.
Perth man Stefan Pahia Schmidt, 25, has not denied pushing Mr Marshall, the 29-year-old cousin of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy, through the hotel window but said it was accidental.
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Schmidt has pleaded not guilty to murder.
The trial started at the West Australian Supreme Court on Monday. The jury was show a security video of Marshall falling to his death.
Amanda Forrester, the prosecutor of the case, said that a “fit of rage” and the “barest exchange of words” pushed Schmidt to push Marshall out of the window.
Defence lawyer Tom Percy said Schmidt does not deny having pushed Mr. Marshall but claims he did not mean to do harm.
The other day, Mark Sylva, 30, who took night shift at the time Mr. Marshall died, told the court that Schmidt arrived at the hotel with two women and two men.
He noticed an argument between Schmidt and one of the people he was with later in the night. He watched Schmidt walk to a table where Marshall and two of his friends were talking. He then grabbed him by the shoulder, swung him around and shoved him towards the window.
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