Murder evidence heard



WARNING: The following story contains material of an extremely graphic nature.

BRISBANE. ? A man repeatedly stabbed his friend and decapitated him with a saw, a Brisbane court has been told.

James Patrick Roughan, 25, and Christopher Clark Jones, 21, both from Sandgate in Brisbane's north, have both been charged with murder and interfering with the corpse of 17-year-old Morgan Jay Shepherd, formerly of Grafton. Neither has entered a plea. A committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told Roughan and Shepherd became involved in a scuffle while drinking at Roughan's home on March 29 this year.

In a police interview played to the court, Jones weeps uncontrollably while detailing the alleged details of Shepherd's murder.

"I looked over and James (Roughan) was stomping on the body of (Shepherd) who was lying on the ground," he said.

"(Shepherd) was making a funny noise and I pulled (Roughan) off him, but he returned with a knife and threw me off and put a knife in (Shepherd's) back.

"He got a handsaw and chopped his head off. Then he wrapped the body in carpet and then stabbed him again."

Arresting officer Detective Sergeant Craig Williams told the court Shepherd had been stabbed more than 100 times and had been decapitated while he was still alive.

The court was also told that the day after the murder, Jones, Roughan and a group of their mates took the body to a field in Dayboro, north-west of Brisbane, where Roughan buried the torso in a shallow grave. Jones told police officers he was shocked by the quickness of the murder, saying, "(Roughan) had this funny look on his face. He was just so calm about it."

A farmer eventually found Shepherd's abandoned torso and head at the property on April

Three other men ? Rohan Ernst Neuherz, 22, Kristopher Adam O'Brien, 18, and Isaac Immanuel Murdoch, 19 ? have been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder and with interfering with a corpse. They will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for their committal hearings next Wednesday.



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