Two drug sellers begged for his or her lives and desperately tried to flee a locked toolbox earlier than it was submerged in a lagoon, a Queensland court docket has heard.

4 males have pleaded not responsible to the allegedly “breathtakingly evil” murders on the opening day of their supreme court docket trial in Brisbane.

Stou Daniels, Davy Malu Junior Taiao, Trent Michael Thrupp and Waylon Ngaketo Cowan Walker have denied murdering Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru south of Brisbane on 24 January 2016. Daniels, Taiao and Thrupp are additionally accused of torturing the pair.

Thrupp pleaded responsible to Breton and Triscaru’s manslaughter however the Crown rejected the plea.

Crown prosecutor David Meredith mentioned all the folks concerned had been sellers and customers of medication.

The court docket was informed on Tuesday the motive stemmed from {a photograph} of a smiling Daniels captured on CCTV on 22 January – two days earlier than the murders.

The proprietor of a comfort retailer who offered burner telephones and bought medication from Breton requested him the place he sourced his medication and was informed “Islanders”, the jury was informed.

The proprietor then despatched Daniels’ CCTV picture to Breton asking if “that was him”. Breton replied: “Sure, that’s him.”

Daniels turned cautious when informed in regards to the picture and was satisfied he was being arrange, the court docket was informed.

“The prosecution says that the motive for all of this was Daniels being suspicious of Cory Breton,” Meredith mentioned.

The victims had been lured to a Kingston unit, tortured, assaulted and certain with tape and zip ties earlier than being put within the toolbox, the prosecutor informed the jury in his opening deal with.

The field was allegedly put onto the again of a ute and dumped within the Scrubby Creek Lagoon south of Brisbane. Greater than two weeks later, on 11 February, police divers discovered the our bodies within the field weighed down by concrete blocks and tyres.

The our bodies had been so badly decomposed medical doctors couldn’t decide a reason for loss of life – solely that the pair may have died from asphyxiation or drowning.

“The proof appears to be that they had been nonetheless alive after they had been put into Scrubby Creek,” Meredith mentioned. “In response to witnesses, they had been nonetheless yelling and kicking on the toolbox after they left the condominium advanced.”

Toll cameras captured photos of the utility with the toolbox strapped to the tray on the Logan Motorway about 8.50pm earlier than the toolbox was dumped within the lagoon.

“If this stuff are true this killing is very barbaric,” the prosecutor mentioned.

“These folks had been put right into a toolbox and stored there for a number of hours – clearly fearing what may occur to them. They had been taken to a creek and drowned … it’s breathtakingly evil.”

Attorneys for the accused urged the jury to maintain an open thoughts, saying key witnesses within the crown case had psychological well being points with a historical past of drug and alcohol abuse.

The trial, set down for 4 weeks, is continuous.