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Qld man confessed to killing dad: court

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016 Jamie McKinnell

A Gold Coast man accused of the stabbing murder of his alcoholic father made a confession to undercover police and revealed the location of his body, a court has heard.

Nikolaus Alexander Blyton, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 66-year-old Ron Livingstone on a Hope Island houseboat around November 2011.

Livingston's remains were found in a shallow grave and covered by concrete at Coomera, on the northern Gold Coast, 18 months later.

Blyton has claimed he acted in self defence when his father came at him with a knife.

But on the opening day of of his trial, prosecutor David Meredith told Brisbane's Supreme Court Blyton recounted a different version of events when speaking with undercover police in the cells.

Mr Meredith said Blyton, upon realising the police had a case against him, told the operatives: "I'm f***ed".

"He says: 'I should tell them it's self defence'," Mr Meredith told the court.

Blyton, in recorded conversations, told the undercover officers he allegedly murdered his "abusive" father out of anger.

When the two men offered to move the body, he revealed its location.

Blyton's defence lawyer Soraya Ryan urged the jury to consider how much of the recording was reliable.

"How much of it, though, is bravado and tough talk and exaggeration that you can just discount?" she said.

Ms Ryan said the trial was not to decide whether Blyton had killed his father and buried his body, but the question was whether the killing was unlawful.

"To express it another way, whether you think it's reasonably possible that Mr Blyton killed his father in self defence," she said.

Key to that would be for jurors to consider what was happening in Blyton's head at the time, "remembering there is evidence of a lifetime of abuse and manipulation", she said.

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