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Alleged Vic murder plan captured by CCTV

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016 Jacqueline Le

Surveillance cameras allegedly captured three deaf people accused of murdering a man telling each other it would be "easy" to make him fall to his death and "splatter".

An Auslan interpreter on Wednesday said CCTV footage from a train in January 2015 shows Warwick Toohey telling his girlfriend Georgia Fields and friend Jake Fairest through sign language that they should murder Robert Wright.

"(He is saying) hug or hold a person using both arms. Fall from up high to down low," Julie Judd told a Victorian Supreme Court special hearing.

Toohey, Fields and Fairest were found unfit to stand trial but are subject to a special hearing over Mr Wright's alleged murder.

Toohey and Fairest are intellectually disabled while Fields suffers from atypical autism and has low intelligence.

Mr Wright, who was also profoundly deaf, died from catastrophic head injuries after falling from the second-floor unit he shared with Toohey on January 15 last year.

He fell 12 metres about half-an-hour after the trio's alleged murder plot was captured by CCTV cameras on a Ringwood-bound train.

Prosecutors say after getting off the train, the trio went to Toohey's home and confronted Mr Wright as he played with his iPad in the living room.

Toohey and Fairest are accused of grabbing Mr Wright and pushing him over the balcony railing as Fields looked on.

Ms Judd told the court Fields signed the words "die, fall, easy, gone" to Fairest and Toohey on the train.

Fields then said "want die, can fall" before directing the pair to "shove, push, firmly with strength".

She then allegedly referred to Mr Wright as "weak".

Toohey is said to respond with "maybe can hit ... splatter."

Ms Judd said Toohey later made the hand gesture for "knife" to which Fields responded: "Knife, stab, no, put or drop, fall."

Fields also appears to encourage Fairest to attack Mr Wright.

"Fall, push, fall. You are strong. You can," she said, according to Ms Judd's translation.

Fields also allegedly signed the words "want dead, can fall" and asked Fairest "do you want RW (Robert Wright) to die, do you?"

Ms Judd has also translated sign language from footage taken from inside the apartment building which the prosecution alleges shows the trio finalising their plan to push Mr Wright moments before he fell 12 metres.

The veteran interpreter will continue giving evidence on Thursday.

In a special hearing it is open to the jury to find the accused has committed the offence, or find the accused is not guilty, or not guilty by reason of mental impairment.

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