'I shot my mate over nothing': court

A TWEED Heads man was shot "over nothing", a Brisbane court has heard.

Tweed man Russell Johnstone was shot in February 2014 in Tingalpa in Brisbane's east.

Brisbane man Dallin James Kruithof pleaded not guilty at the Brisbane Supreme to Mr Johnstone's murder.

Prosecutor Glenn Cash said Mr Kruithof later confessed, saying "I shot my mate over nothing".

In the early hours of February 6, 2014 police and ambulance officers responded to reports of gunshots. Mr Johnstone's body was found in lying in the street.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.

The court heard police identified Mr Kruithof as a suspect in the days after the shooting.

Police searched Mr Kruithof's Mt Gravatt East house and found spent bullet casings in the master bedroom and in a clip seal bag in the ceiling cavity.

Calamvale senior constable Lisa Weller she found parts of broken mobile phones in a detergent box outside the house and the bullet casings in the ceiling.

The court heard on July 2, 2015 Mr Kruithof took police to an area in the south Brisbane suburb of Rochedale where he had buried a safe containing a revolver pistol.

But Mr Kruithof has denied killing Mr Johnstone. His defence team has pointed to the fact no gunshot residue tests were done on Mr Johnstone because of his injuries.

The trial continues.

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