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Young trio charged over SA stabbing murder

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Rick Goodman

Three young men have been charged with murdering a man in Adelaide but they have been given permission to apply for bail at short notice should police fail to produce more evidence.

The trio, aged 20, 21 and 22, allegedly murdered Old Noarlunga man Ben Gravett last Friday night in a violent altercation at a home in Christie Downs, in the city's south.

They all faced the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday where they were remanded in custody while prosecutors continue to work through the "dynamic" case.

But the 21-year-old's lawyer said the police case lacks evidence and clarity, with differences in the arrest reports and only one witness whose full statement is yet to be disclosed.

"It just says the witness states they assaulted the victim. It doesn't even say they saw it," Michael Abbott QC said of one police report.

"I don't have enough information . . . they won't give us the witness statement."

A witness saw a group of men about 9pm at the house where 29-year-old Mr Gravett was attacked, police say.

The altercation spilled out on to the street and the victim's body was found with stab wounds at a different address about 40 minutes later.

Mr Abbott earlier said the allegations were unfounded and that he had not been told how police believe the victim's body was moved from one address to the other.

Prosecutors urged the magistrate to give them time as they gather evidence in the "dynamic" case.

"There is a greater picture here which Your Honour has not heard anything about," the prosecutor said.

The names and identities of the trio are suppressed as investigations continue.

The 21-year-old, from O'Sullivan Beach, was arrested about 5am on Saturday following the death and he made no comment to police as he was charged.

The other two men, from Morphett Vale and Huntfield Heights, were arrested on Tuesday night.

Magistrate Brett Jonathon Dixon said the defendants can apply for bail at short notice; otherwise they will return to court on March 21.

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