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Perth high-rise murder accused on trial

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016

A man who killed a 57-year-old former neighbour at a high-rise unit block in South Perth last year "had a fixation with Aboriginal people", a court has heard.

Noor Mohammad Siddique was aged 28 and at his Windsor Towers home on Parker Street on May 26, 2015 when he killed Aboriginal man Cedric Lionel Roe, the West Australian Supreme Court heard on Thursday.

Siddique admitted deliberately stabbing Mr Roe in the head, trunk and left leg 31 times, but pleaded not guilty, arguing he was of unsound mind at the time.

Prosecutor James MacTaggart said the victim and Siddique had lived near each other in Cannington before the accused moved to the level 17 flat.

"He had a fixation with Aboriginal people," Mr MacTaggart said.

On the day of the killing, Siddique was doing a painting job at Bentley Hospital when he saw Mr Roe and they left to "have a drink together or something like that", Mr MacTaggart said.

The prosecutor told the court Siddique had the mistaken belief Mr Roe had sexually assaulted his girlfriend, so attacked him with a 35cm-long ornamental knife, inflicting at least three neck wounds that would of themselves been fatal.

The court also heard Siddique had suffered schizophrenia and had been on a "methylamphetamine binge" at the time, but his mental health had since improved and he was able to follow proceedings.

The trial continues.

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