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AUS: 'Gaylord' tease led to murder

Wed 13 Jun 2007 In: International News

A man stabbed two people, one fatally, after he was teased about his sexuality and his clothes, a Brisbane court was told yesterday. Benjamin Haydn MacRae, 28, stabbed Ian MacDonald, 48, in the neck during an argument at the Acacia Ridge Caravan Park in Brisbane's south in November 2005, the Brisbane Supreme Court was told. Mr MacDonald died two days later in hospital. Mr MacRae also stabbed Mr MacDonald's friend, 30-year-old James Croker, in the face, the neck and back. Mr MacRae has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent on the grounds of self-defence. Prosecutor Todd Fuller told the court the incident occurred during a barbecue at Mr Croker's caravan site. Mr Fuller said Mr MacRae invited himself to the barbecue and had been drinking with the other members of the group. The court was told Mr MacDonald started teasing Mr McRae about his clothes and his sexuality. "Ian MacDonald had suggested on a number of occasions that Benjamin MacRae was a 'gaylord' because of the colour of his thongs," Mr Fuller said. The court was told Mr MacRae later had an argument with the two men and stabbed Mr Croker before turning on Mr MacDonald. Mr Fuller said Mr MacRae told police he had stabbed the men in self-defense after they had tried to beat him up. The trial continues.     Ref: (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 13th June 2007 - 12:00pm

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