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Man on trial over body-in-boot murder

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

A man made a throat-slitting gesture after telling his pastor he had "done something to another person", a Sydney jury has been told.

Zhen Fang, 38, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering Ting Huang whose partially decomposed remains were found in his car boot on September 21, 2014, near Rookwood cemetery in Lidcombe.

Opening the crown case, prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC said that on September 11, the day after Fang saw his pastor, he told police "I have killed someone" but said he could not remember when or where, saying "that man gave me a lot of ice".

"I think he threatened to kill the whole of my family," Fang told police.

"He just thought he was better than me."

Mr Maxwell and defence lawyer Tony Bellanto QC said there is no issue that Fang killed Mr Huang, but the question for the jury was whether his mental state at the time meant his culpability was reduced to manslaughter.

One expert was expected to say Fang was exhibiting hallucinations and delusions at the time caused by the toxic effects of methamphetamine.

On September 10 Fang visited his pastor at the Chinese Congregational Church and told him he had done something to another person.

"He didn't say what he had done in words but rather demonstrated what he had done by making a throat-slitting gesture with his hand," Mr Maxwell said.

When speaking to police on September 11, Fang referred to a knife, a green car and a roadside near a cemetery, but said he could not remember other details.

His behaviour, including sobbing and striking himself in the side of his head, led police to arrange for him to be mentally assessed and then released.

At the time, they had no details about a body or a crime.

But 10 days later they received a parking complaint about a green Honda near Rookwood cemetery and found Mr Huang's body wrapped in a doona in the boot.

He had multiple stab wounds and high levels of methamphetamine in his body.

Mr Bellanto told the jury that after Fang told his pastor what he had done, they had sat and read passages from the bible.

"The accused was concerned God would not forgive him for what he had done," he said.

The trial is continuing.

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