Moments before Jamie Lefoe was fatally stabbed in a Sydney
street, the 22-year-old had fired shots at one of his accused
murderers, a court has heard.
The NSW Supreme Court trial of four men accused of his murder
was told Mr Lefoe's mother's car was found burnt out in her
driveway at Ambarvale, in Sydney's southwest, in January
Rightly or wrongly, Mr Lefoe believed that one of the
accused, Darren Michael Hoskins, 38, was in some way
responsible for the torching, Crown Prosecutor Terry Thorpe
said in an opening address on Monday.
The 22-year-old went the next day to the home of Sean Robert
Sutcliffe, 39, in the nearby suburb of Ruse, to confront him
But others arrived at the home and things got out of hand
sometime after 8.30pm.
The court heard Mr Lefoe drew a firearm and fired a number of
shots, with one bullet grazing the back of Darren Troy
Mr Lefoe fled along the street, Mr Thorpe said.
Sutcliffe, Hoskins, Moulds and a fourth man, Michael Patrick
Brown, 23, allegedly chased and set upon him with various
weapons, including a baseball bat, a crowbar, a machete and a
Mr Lefoe was tackled to the ground and fatally stabbed in his
Mr Thorpe said the central issue was whether the four men
were acting in self defence.
"The crown case will be that they were not," he told the
"Once the deceased started to run away there was no need for
the accused to chase him, tackle him to the ground and
inflict a fatal wound."
He said the men could have called police, but instead "they
were seeking to exact revenge on the deceased or punish him
in some way".
Brown's barrister, John Stratton SC said everything his
client did was in defence of himself and others.
"The threat of an armed man doesn't cease the moment he turns
and runs away," Mr Sutcliffe said.
Philip Young SC said his client Hoskins had dropped his
baseball bat before getting to Mr Lefoe and "redirected" his
attention to wresting the gun from his hand.
Sutcliffe's barrister Peter Bodor QC said his client was not
involved in the alleged assault.
The trial continues.