A man charged with killing his brother with a samurai sword in a shopping centre car park has pleaded not guilty to murder by way of mental impairment.
- Victoria’s Supreme Court heard Mr Dick has paranoid schizophrenia and believed the killing of his brother was “predestined”
- Mr Dick spent more than two years on the run but was eventually arrested after being spotted and restrained by a childhood friend he had also allegedly assaulted
- Justice Lex Lasry will make a ruling in the case on Friday
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Jonathan Dick thought he would be “transported to the future” to avoid jail after the attack, Victoria’s Supreme Court heard today.
The 42-year-old is accused of murdering his younger brother, David, outside an elevator at Doncaster Shopping Centre, in Melbourne’s east, in 2017.
The court heard that Mr Dick, who was dramatically arrested while stalking a childhood friend, has paranoid schizophrenia.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr Rajan Darjee said Mr Dick believed the killing was “predestined”.
“He also thought that if he didn’t do it, harm would befall himself and other people,” Dr Darjee told the court.
“He told me he thought that after he killed his brother, he would be transported to the future so he wouldn’t have to go to jail.”
Mr Dick is accused of lying in wait for David at the shopping centre, where he normally caught the bus, in the early hours of the morning of February 3.
As David exited the elevator, Mr Dick allegedly unsheathed a samurai sword from a spirit-level case and swung, striking his younger brother across the face with a double-handed blow.
“The impact of the blow knocks the deceased off his feet,” Crown Prosecutor Patrick Bourke said.
Security footage then allegedly shows Mr Dick dropping the sword, taking a knife from the waistband of his pants and repeatedly stabbing his brother in the head and neck for 66 seconds.
He is then seen collecting the sword and walking in the direction of the stairwell.
About one minute after the bloody attack, the body of David Dick was discovered by a woman on her way to an exercise class.
She called for help, but by the time paramedics arrived, it was too late.
Defendant arrested after being spotted by hammer attack victim
Police were unable to find Mr Dick, who went on the run only to reappear more than a year later in the early hours of August 23, 2018.
Then, he allegedly attacked his childhood friend, David Cammarata, with a pick hammer, telling him: “You had this coming.”
The court heard the pair had a falling out and Mr Cammarata, who named Mr Dick as the best man at his wedding, avoided the worst of the blow by flinching, but still suffered a brain bleed.
Mr Dick fled again but re-emerged almost a year later, in 2019, when he was spotted by Mr Cammarata in a multi-level car park near Flinders Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
Following the hammer attack, Mr Cammarata moved house and was in the habit of alternating his morning parking spot and meeting a colleague who escorted him to work.
But on the morning of August 19, 2019, he and his colleague spotted Mr Dick loitering at the entrance to the car park and gave chase.
They confronted Mr Dick, who was carrying a bucket and trying to escape on a bicycle, in Hosier Lane and tackled him before restraining the man until police arrived.
Investigators later found a hammer, knife and pair of gloves in the bucket.
Today, both sides told Victoria’s Supreme Court that evidence established a defence of mental impairment.
Justice Lex Lasry will make a ruling in the case on Friday.