Girl­friend says men pounced be­fore fa­tal stab­bing

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - John Weekes John.Weekes@news­re­gional­me­

THE for­mer girl­friend of Kieren Pye has told jurors two hooded men emerged be­fore the fa­ther of her child was dragged from a car, stabbed and killed.

On Tues­day morning, Wayne Lemaga and Tupu Sauaga pleaded not guilty to mur­der­ing Mr Pye, who died at Ca­role Park, Ip­swich, on April 2, 2015.

Reanae Grove said a pony­tailed man ap­proached a car she, Mr Pye and an­other man who was driv­ing were in.

She told Bris­bane Supreme Court the man asked “asked where the stuff was”.

Ms Grove said the trio had en­coun­tered the same man in Lo­gan ear­lier, af­ter a meet­ing was ar­ranged to dis­cuss a drug deal.

Jurors were told one of the peo­ple in­volved “jizzed him­self three times” be­cause the drugs in ques­tion were so good, but Ms Grove said the trio took off af­ter the Lo­gan in­ci­dent.

Ms Grove told the court she and Mr Pye were not feel­ing good about an­other meet­ing in Ip­swich, feel­ing it was “suss”.

But the driver of the car wanted to go through with the meet­ing.

Ms Grove said the man with a pony­tail ap­proached the trio in Ip­swich.

She said Mr Pye said “don’t do it here” be­fore the al­leged as­sailant pulled out what looked like a gun.

Ms Grove pointed her fin­ger to her tem­ple to demon­strate the ac­tion taken that day. The as­sailant and driver si­mul­ta­ne­ously reached for the car keys, Ms Grove said. She be­lieved the car key snapped.

Then “a ham­mer came through the back win­dow” and Mr Pye was at­tacked, she said.

“I just saw the glass go ev­ery­where.”

The per­son punch­ing Mr Pye dragged him out, Ms Grove said.

“I was scream­ing the whole time. But they kept punch­ing him. That’s when I saw the knife come out from his shoul­der.”

The driver climbed out and “ran away,” Ms Grove said. She said she phoned 000 and told them “My boyfriend’s dead”.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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