First, he was struck with a meat cleaver, a court has heard.
Then homeless man Darren McKenzie was left bleeding heavily in a Department of Housing flat in Sydney’s city centre for more than 12 hours, Sydney’s District Court was told.
The 42-year-old died in hospital on August 31, 2011, six days after his friend Shane Morris allegedly struck him during a drunken argument at the flat in the Rocks.
Morris, 42, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
In the opening day of Morris’s trial on Tuesday, crown prosecutor Peter McGrath told the court that Mr McKenzie had been staying with Morris at the Millers Point flat.
He said the pair began arguing in the early hours of August 25, 2011.
“Mr Morris struck Darren McKenzie with a meat cleaver … as a result of the blow Darren McKenzie lost his balance, he fell and struck his head on a piece of furniture,” Mr McGrath said.
For hours, Mr McKenzie bled heavily from the cut to his head caused by the fall.
He called triple zero for help after 7pm, telling the operator he had been hit by an intruder.
Morris’s voice could be heard in the background during the call, Mr McGrath said.
When paramedics arrived they found Mr McKenzie slumped against a wall in the home’s hallway.
Blood was also found in the hallway, on a mattress and soaked through a pillow.
Morris initially told police he had discovered his injured friend when he got home.
But days after the alleged incident, two Mission Australia staff noted Morris was acting “erratically” in his flat, as if he was looking for something.
Morris then allegedly grabbed a meat cleaver from his kitchen and threw it against a wall.
Morris went to the home of his friend Wayne Cook as Mr McKenzie lay in hospital, the court heard.
A seemingly inebriated Morris is alleged to have said: “What have I done? I shouldn’t have hit him, I shouldn’t have hit him with a meat cleaver.”
The trial continues.