A MAN was removed from Launceston's Supreme Court yesterday after lashing out at the accused murderer of Darren Booth, stabbed to death at Kings Meadows last year.
The outburst came as the court was played graphic police footage of the alleged murder scene showing Mr Booth's body lying in-situ.
Mr Booth's family, present in court, reacted emotionally to the video and a man began abusing Michael Vernon Lowe who sat in the dock.
Mr Lowe, 52, of Waverley, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Booth on May 13, 2012, at the home of Mr Lowe's ex-partner Crystal Wells.
The Crown alleges Mr Lowe was a jilted lover who went to Ms Wells's Pinkard Street home on the morning of May 13 and found Mr Booth there.
Crown prosecutor Linda Mason said Mr Lowe's suspicion about the relationship Ms Wells was having with Mr Booth was confirmed that morning.
``He saw red and he attacked him,'' Ms Mason said in her opening statement.
An eye-witness, who cannot be named, told the court she remembered Mr Lowe coming around to the home of Ms Wells on the morning in question.
Ms Wells went outside the house to speak to him and a verbal argument ensued, the teenager said.
Mr Booth then got involved.
``(He said) how dare you speak to her like that,'' she said.
``Lowey was like `so you're the one been shagging my missus'.
``Lowey came at Badger (Mr Booth).''
She said the two men began fighting in the home, including in a children's toy room where they stopped and began talking, she said.
Mr Booth came out of the room and said that he had been stabbed.
``What did you see?'' Ms Mason asked. ``A hole in his chest,'' the witness said.
Ms Mason asked about Mr Lowe.
``He just said `sorry for the disruption','' she said.
The court heard Mr Booth was pronounced dead by paramedics at 2.15am after being stabbed three times.
Kristy Garwood told the court she was at home on May 13 when Ms Wells came knocking on her door.
``She was yelling out `Lowey's stabbed Badger','' she said.
She later heard Ms Wells talking to Mr Lowe on the phone.
``(She said) how does it feel to be a f---ing murderer,'' she said.
Ms Garwood gave evidence that she'd told Mr Lowe, about two weeks before the incident, that Ms Wells was seeing someone else but she did not name Mr Booth.
``He said that he should knife him,'' she said.
Under cross-examination she agreed that Mr Lowe then said he wouldn't do that because he ``didn't want to wreck his chances with Crystal''.
The court heard that Mr Lowe received significant head injuries in the altercation with Mr Booth who'd hit him with a cricket wicket several times.
In an interview with police, he said he'd gone to Ms Wells's house to ``sort things out'' but was attacked by Mr Booth who he fended off with punches in self-defence.
He said he didn't produce a knife or know how Mr Booth had come to be stabbed.
``Any citizen in our country . . . is entitled to use such force . . . necessary to defend themselves,'' defence counsel Greg Richardson said in his opening statement.
Mr Richardson said the Crown had to prove his client was not acting in self-defence.
If self-defence was disproved the jury then had to consider ``the state of mind'' of Michael Lowe at the relevant time.