A court has heard a dispute over internet access was allegedly behind a fatal bashing in Adelaide earlier this year where a baseball bat, bicycle and wheelie bin were among the weapons used.
The Adelaide Magistrate’s Court is dealing with murder charges laid against 37-year-old Nikola Milosevic, who is accused of murdering his 52-year-old housemate at North Plympton in August.
Mr Milosevic today applied for home detention bail.
However, prosecutor Karen Ingleton opposed the application, and said the bashing was ongoing and a “very serious offence”.
She also told the court that Mr Milosevic allegedly stomped on the victim’s head in what witnesses described as a dispute over internet access.
She said both men lived in a share house with other people and the alleged assault started in the victim’s bedroom.
“There are eyewitnesses of various portions of the ongoing assault,” Ms Ingleton said.
“The assault appears to have arisen from a disagreement about access to internet. The assault started in his room with the accused allegedly stomping on his head.
“The assault then moved into the backyard of the premises where it’s alleged the accused has used various articles, including a baseball bat, bicycle, wheelie bin and a possible metal pole.”
Ms Ingleton said emergency services were called to the house, but the victim could not be revived.
She said Mr Milosevic was arrested about 12 hours later.
Greg Mead SC, for the accused, said his client could be released on bail to live with a close friend and had always held stable employment in traffic control and as a maintenance fitter.
“The presumption in favour of bail has not been displaced,” he said.
He said he was still waiting on a forensic report and it would be a long wait for trial — possibly the end of 2020, or the beginning of 2021.
The application before Magistrate Brett Dixon was adjourned for one week.