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Drug supplier stabbed 28 instances earlier than physique dumped in Perth dam, courtroom advised


A 51-year-old drug supplier whose physique was discovered inside a wheelie bin dumped in a dam in Perth’s east final 12 months had been stabbed 28 instances, a courtroom has heard.

The trial of two males alleged to have murdered Dinh Lam Nguyen in January 2021 started within the WA Supreme Court docket on Monday.

Dinh Lam Nguyen’s body was found wrapped in plastic in a wheelie bin dumped in a dam in Perth’s east.

Dinh Lam Nguyen’s physique was discovered wrapped in plastic in a wheelie bin dumped in a dam in Perth’s east. Credit score:9 Information Perth/WA Police

Todd Nathan Kiernan and Gervaise Sakib Geoffrey Widdowson have already every pleaded responsible to felony injury by hearth however deny there was any intent to homicide Nguyen.

In his opening assertion, state prosecutor Justin Whalley stated Kiernan had owed Nguyen an estimated $4000 and had been determined to get the cash again as he had been having monetary issue.

Whalley advised the courtroom Kiernan despatched Nguyen a textual content asking him to come back to his dwelling in Mahogany Creek on January 20 and Nguyen, believing he could be getting a few of his cash repaid, drove over round 5pm.

It was then Kiernan allegedly stabbed Nguyen 28 instances, together with 17 instances within the again. Whalley stated Kiernan had requested Widdowson to be there in case Nguyen put up a battle — a situation which might have been unlikely, given the 51-year-old weighed simply 56 kilograms.

“Mr Kiernan had no intent of paying something … the preferable course could be to kill his creditor and clear the debt that method,” Whalley stated.

The jury was advised how Widdowson then drove Nguyen’s automotive out to a pine plantation in Malmalling, adopted by Kiernan in his personal white Ford utility. The pair then set the automotive on hearth, which later resulted of their felony injury expenses.

After driving again to Kiernan’s dwelling, they allegedly wrapped Nguyen’s physique in a pink plastic sheet which had been used to ship a mattress to Kiernan, earlier than inserting the physique in a wheelie bin and driving to Glen Brook Dam in John Forrest Nationwide Park.

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