Man accused of murder complains victim acted ‘gay’ towards him


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An Adelaide man accused of fatally stabbing another man has since complained to a relative the victim acted “gay” towards him, a court has heard.

In February 2020, Matthew Scott Bristow (pictured) staggered a short distance after being stabbed before he collapsed and died in a suburban street.

A pedestrian found the man’s body on the footpath in the Adelaide suburb of Prospect shortly afterward.

Police later arrested and charged an associate of Bristow, Abdi Abdullah Ali, with murder.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the stabbing death, The Advertiser reported.

The man, from Kilburn in Adelaide’s inner north, maintained he didn’t intend to kill 43-year-old Bristow.

The day of Bristow’s death, February 2, Ali allegedly went to Bristow’s address with a female companion.

The pair, as well as Bristow and another man, all then got in Bristow’s car, the Adelaide Magistrates Court heard.

During the drive, Ali and Bristow switched seats so Ali was driving the car.

Police accuse Ali of then “slinging” a knife in his right hand across his body, allegedly striking Bristow’s chest.

Bristow then got out of the car and Ali drove away. Ali also allegedly left the car a short distance later.

The court heard the pair had fought a month prior, over Ali’s accusations the victim had stolen his phone.

Adelaide court hears murder accused complained of victim acting gay

The trial began in the Adelaide Magistrates Court last week.

Prosecutor Rob Walker told the court part of the evidence against Ali was a phone call from prison, The Advertiser reported.

During the call to a female relative, he is alleged to have said Bristow had acted “gay” towards him.

“On May 2, 2020, (Ali) spoke to a woman in his native Somali language,” Walker told the court.

“Your Honour will hear that the translation appears to have the accused talking about himself in the third person as Abdu Rizac.

“He said, ‘When the white person troubled Abdu Rizac and every time the white person took Abdu Rizac’s items and telephone or his money, sometimes $10,000, sometimes $6000, he got angry.’

“He went on to say, ‘Then the boy came up with a foolish thing, a gay thing, you know, then Abdu Rizac said oi, listen to me, I am a Muslim and don’t come to me with gay or foolish things.’”

Evidence showed Bristow had made comments about being gay in Ali’s presence, Walker said.

A forensic pathologist declared Bristow’s cause of death as a single stab wound to the heart, the court heard.

The trial continues in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

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