Housemate claims ?silly? arguments led to murder

A LONG series of 'silly' arguments led to Anthony Charles Apps murdering Christopher Lamb with a stolen shotgun, the Supreme Court heard at Lismore yesterday.

In extracts from police interviews read to the court, Mr Lamb's former housemate Ian Duggan said Apps, who has pleaded guilty to murder, killed Mr Lamb because of 'arguments that had been going on for ages'.

However, in testimony to the court, Mr Duggan said the arguments had been over 'silly things' and that Apps and Mr Lamb had fought several times before the shooting.

Police facts on the case reveal that, after murdering Mr Lamb, Apps fired a shot that narrowly missed Mr Duggan and said he would kill him too unless he came with him.

Mr Duggan spent about the next 30 hours with Apps, who, the court heard yesterday, spoke several times about why he shot Mr Lamb.

"Everybody hates Chris and he pushes everybody too far. He pushed me too far and I went off," Apps is alleged to have told Mr Duggan.

Counsel for Apps, Chris Bruce, pointed out that Mr Duggan said in his statement to police that he too had arguments with Mr Lamb and suggested Apps told Mr Duggan he committed the murder for both their sakes.

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"Did Tony (Apps) say to you the reason he shot him was the arguments Tony had with Chris (Lamb) and the arguments you had with Chris?" Mr Bruce asked.

Mr Duggan, who is now a patient at Richmond Clinic suffering from alcoholism and two acquired brain injuries, rejected that claim, saying that he had arguments with Mr Lamb, but that they were nothing serious.

He also rejected suggestions Apps shot Mr Lamb for both their sakes.

Mr Duggan said Mr Lamb, who had bipolar disorder and was not taking his medication, had a tendency to 'go hyper' when he had been drinking; which involved 'yelling in people's ear' and playing loud music.

Mr Duggan said he knew how to deal with that, but that Mr Lamb had done it to Apps the night before the shooting and that the two of them had come to blows the night before.

Mr Duggan also rejected Apps' statement that Mr Lamb was hated, saying he was well respected and had many friends.

The court will today hear testimony about Mr Apps from a psychiatrist.

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