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'Best mate' accused of bashing Liam Anderson to death in a drug-fuelled rage set to plead NOT guilty on mental health grounds

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a person wearing a hat: Mathew Flame (pictured), 20, is alleged to have launched into a psychotic drug and alcohol fuelled rage, punching and kicking rocker Angry Anderson’s son Liam to death  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mathew Flame (pictured), 20, is alleged to have launched into a psychotic drug and alcohol fuelled rage, punching and kicking rocker Angry Anderson’s son Liam to death  An apprentice plumber accused of killing his best mate in a drug-fuelled rage will plead not guilty to his murder charge.

Mathew Flame, 20, is alleged to have launched into a psychotic drug and alcohol fuelled rage, punching and kicking rocker Angry Anderson’s son Liam to death on Sydney's northern beaches early Sunday morning.

Flame’s barrister Charles Waterstreet told the Daily Telegraph his client will plead not guilty by way of mental illness.

a group of people posing for the camera: Liam Anderson (lower right) and his alleged attacker Mathew Flame (top right) were 'obsessed with each other' according to friends © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liam Anderson (lower right) and his alleged attacker Mathew Flame (top right) were 'obsessed with each other' according to friends

‘He’s a humble plumber and this is out of character for him,’ he said.

‘He suffered a psychotic episode, he had never had one before, he’s never hurt anyone before and has a clean record.’

Flame is undergoing a mental health assessment in custody, Waterstreet said.

In Manly Local Court on Monday afternoon, Mr Waterstreet said his client knew what he was doing but had 'no control over his actions' after allegedly consuming a concoction of drugs and alcohol.

He was reportedly concerned he was having an overdose, and tried to flee a house party he and Anderson were attending, court documents state.

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Anderson went after his friend, telling others: 'I would never leave him.'

Those were some of the final words he ever spoke. 

The court heard that Anderson and Flame had attended a hip-hop concert in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills with a group of friends, news.com.au reports.

The pair met for drinks on Saturday night before allegedly taking MDMA and drinking late into Sunday morning.

The party travelled back to a house party on the northern beaches about 4am, court documents allege, where Flame allegedly consumed more MDMA and marijuana.  

a group of people posing for the camera: Flame’s barrister Charles Waterstreet told the Daily Telegraph his client will plead not guilty by way of mental illness © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Flame’s barrister Charles Waterstreet told the Daily Telegraph his client will plead not guilty by way of mental illness a man standing in front of a building: A handcuffed Mathew Flame (pictured) appeared in court on Monday, where he was refused bail until his next court appearance on January 29. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A handcuffed Mathew Flame (pictured) appeared in court on Monday, where he was refused bail until his next court appearance on January 29.

The final dose gave the 20-year-old heart palpitations, according to the documents.

Concerned he was suffering an overdose, he went into the bathroom where he lost consciousness.

When he regained consciousness soon after, he believed himself to be 'under something's control', he stated in the court documents.

He decided to leave the party as others, including Anderson, begged him to stay.

Concerned for his friend's wellbeing, Anderson went into the night after Flame, telling the others: 'He’s my best friend. I would never leave my best friend.'

At an intersection shorty up the road, a fight broke out between the two friends which would end fatally.

A witness passed by and saw Flame on top of Anderson's beaten body, the court documents state.

a man wearing a hat: Mathew Flame (right) is accused of bashing his close friend Liam Anderson (left) to death on Sunday morning after going into an MDMA induced psychosis © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mathew Flame (right) is accused of bashing his close friend Liam Anderson (left) to death on Sunday morning after going into an MDMA induced psychosis

When the passerby asked what Flame was doing, the young man stared back blankly.

As Liam begged for help and the witness ran to call police, the alleged attack continued.   

'What has happened is lightning has struck twice on two individuals and their families and it's a double tragedy,' Mr Waterstreet said.

'It's a double tragedy for two very, very good families and two very, very good boys.'

Flame was arrested on Sunday morning after emergency services allegedly found him forcefully beating Mr Anderson at Queenscliff after the pair left a house party together.

When police arrived, it's alleged they struggled to get Mr Anderson's attacker off him, and had to use pepper spray to separate the men.

Mr Anderson's facial injuries were so severe that he was barely recognisable by the time police were able to separate the men.

Mac Miller et al. posing for a photo: Angry Anderson’s son Liam was beaten to death on Sydney's northern beaches early Sunday morning. Pictured is Mr Anderson (right) with deceased hip-hop artist Mac Miller © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Angry Anderson’s son Liam was beaten to death on Sydney's northern beaches early Sunday morning. Pictured is Mr Anderson (right) with deceased hip-hop artist Mac Miller

Anderson regularly posted on social media about his alleged attacker calling him a 'brother'.

The pair were in a recent Facebook post together at the Defqon1 music festival in September, with Liam posting a 'shout' to Flame 'for being a real one, love ya mate x'.

A spokesperson for the Flame family told The Australian they regarded Mr Anderson as 'part of their family', and said Flame's actions were completely out of character.

'Matt has never been violent in any way and as the circumstances will be unfolded in court we hope to prove to the public and the court there are two victims here, and two devastated families,' they said.

Mr Anderson has been remembered as a humble, down to earth man with a kind soul, and 'one of the realest to walk this earth'.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Police were called to the 'brutal and bloody' park where Liam Anderson, 26, was found on Sunday morning. He died en route to hospital © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Police were called to the 'brutal and bloody' park where Liam Anderson, 26, was found on Sunday morning. He died en route to hospital

'You always told me to be myself no matter what and you helped me see the light when no one else could,' one man wrote.

'You are the most positive bro I think I've ever met. Rest up my brother, I'm gonna miss you.'

Many recalled his talent as a rapper, and his pure attitude towards his art.

'I remember talking to him about the joy of busking and connecting with random people on the street,' one man wrote.

'There's a certain few you meet over the years that really stick with you, this fella had a really good soul.'

a man wearing glasses: Liam Anderson (pictured, left with father Gary, better known as rocker Angry Anderson) was unconscious and suffering from head wounds so severe he was barely recognisable when emergency crews arrived © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liam Anderson (pictured, left with father Gary, better known as rocker Angry Anderson) was unconscious and suffering from head wounds so severe he was barely recognisable when emergency crews arrived

On Monday, friends met at the Pavilion Reserve park, where Mr Anderson was killed and left flowers and a moving note behind.

'Liam, there are no words to express our sorrow in losing you,' it read.

'Our tears we can wipe away - the ache in our hearts will always stay.

'Beautiful Liam now rest in peace.

'We will always miss your funny, cheeky ways.

'You were a loving friend and a great mate.

'All our love. Casey, Emma, Barb, Tony, Rach, Jas, Nick, Rhys and Brad. XXX.'

a close up of a flower garden: Liam Anderson's grieving friends met at Pavilion Reserve on Monday, where they left floral tributes and notes expressing their devastation © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liam Anderson's grieving friends met at Pavilion Reserve on Monday, where they left floral tributes and notes expressing their devastation

A statement on behalf of Angry Anderson issued on Sunday afternoon, confirmed the death of his youngest child but requested privacy.

He has since touched down in Sydney after dashing back from Western Australia, where his band Rose Tattoo had been touring their 40th anniversary show.

9 News captured police visiting the grieving father at his Beacon Hill home on Monday, where he was updated on the latest details regarding his son's death.

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