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'I think I've killed him': court

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016 By Alexandra Patrikios

A man accused of murdering a Queensland father told a friend who discovered him standing over the man's body "I hit him too hard, I think I've killed him", a court has heard.

Shane David Lee on Thursday pleaded not guilty to murdering Brian Smith in September 2012, as well as violently robbing or looting his body,

However, he did plead guilty to counts of interfering with a corpse and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

On the first day of the Brisbane Supreme Court trial, the jury heard Lee told a friend who came upon him standing over Mr Smith's body at a Bray Park home: "I hit him too hard, I hit him too hard, I think I've killed him".

Crown prosecutor David Meredith said Lee had got to know the deceased man through his younger brother Barry, and would use Mr Smith's estranged wife's car to run errands.

The jury heard Mr Smith, of Kilcoy, had inherited about $150,000 that year after an uncle passed away.

Mr Meredith said there was evidence Mr Smith had withdrawn about $300 but neither his wallet nor any money were found on his body, which was later discovered "badly decomposed" underneath the Bray Park property by Lee's nephew.

"The prosecution case is that Mr Smith was killed because of or for his money," Mr Meredith said.

The court also heard Lee drove to Adelaide, where he told a woman five armed "thugs" had turned up and attacked him and Mr Smith.

Lee told her Mr Smith's estranged partner had paid them to kill her former husband, or else was trying to get his money, Mr Meredith said.

Mr Smith was last seen alive on September 7, 2012.

The trial continues before Justice Martin Daubney.

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