The man, accused of trying to kill his roommate to death with a hammer, allegedly searched the Internet for “murder”, “mutilation” and “violence on the victim’s genitals” on the eve of the attack, the court said.
Kevin Arden, 28, is on trial in the New Wales District Court on charges of drug use and beating his friend Harry Sumantry, to whom he allegedly owed a six-figure debt.
Mr Arden pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder in connection with the alleged attack in May 2020 on their apartment at the CBD in Sydney.
The court heard that Mr. Arden did not deny hitting his friend with a steel-clawed hammer, but was going to challenge several charges, including the fact that he conducted dozens of online searches on police killings, dissections and investigations.
The internet is searching
Crown Attorney Giles Tabuto told the court that in the weeks leading up to the incident, Mr. Ardern used his phone to search for terms such as “how the police track down a killer” and “this is how the police track down bandits.”
According to the Crown, his other searches included: “how to prevent the smell of rotten meat”, “five ways to store meat in the refrigerator to make it durable and prevent odor”, “how to cut a person”, “the process of exposing the body forensic team “,” How to dissect a person “and” what you see and feel when dissecting a corpse. “
The court also found that he searched a “forensic doctor found violence against the victim’s genitals”, “mutilation”, “criminal deceives police”, “police can access your bank account” and “changed the phone’s SIM card , criminals are still being tracked. “
Allegedly a debt
The court learned that the couple were friends who lived in the same room, separated by a makeshift partition, in the Sydney CBD office.
They were among seven people who lived in a two-bedroom apartment on Day Street, including several who slept in the living room.
Prosecutors say Mr Sumantry lent the Arden $ 52,000 to invest in a business to sell hand sanitizers in Indonesia in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The court learned that by mid-May 2020, Mr. Arden had agreed to repay the loan plus interest of about $ 28,000.
The court also learned that he had lent Mr Arden an additional $ 20,000, with Mr Arden explaining that he had a friend who needed money in Australian dollars and that amount would be paid in Indonesian rupees.
Mr Sumantry also lent him extra money because Mr Arden, who was in Australia on a student visa, lost his job at a café due to a pandemic and also lost money in gambling, the Crown said.
In all, Mr Tabuto told the court that Mr Arden owed his roommate about $ 100,000.
According to the criminal case, Mr. Ardern also purchased several items that were found at the scene, including a hacksaw, a green shopping cart, disposable gloves and garbage bags.
“It looks like the items he bought at the store might have been needed by him as an employee of cafes and restaurants,” Mr. Tabuto said in his opening remarks to the jury.
“Employers will tell you that no one who works in a coffee shop should have their own steel hammer, hacksaw or bleach.”
The alleged attack
The court learned that from November 2016 to February 2018, Mr. Ardern also lost $ 49,000 in gambling at Star Casino and about $ 20,000 in Oz lotteries.
According to the criminal case, Mr. Arden gave Mr. Sumantra a ginger drink with doxylamine, a sleeping pill that is available without a prescription.
Mr Sumantry reported feeling drowsy, he went to bed around 4pm and, waking up, found Mr Arden standing over him and beating him with a hammer.
He turned on the light in the bedroom to see the blood dripping on his shirt, and Mr. Ardern standing over him, according to the crown.
Hearing cries for help, one of their neighbors burst into the room, pinning Mr. Arden behind the door, allowing Mr Sumantra to flee, the prosecutor told the court.
As a result of the incident, Mr. Sumantri received two fractures of the head, a fracture of the left arm and cuts and abrasions.
The court heard footage from a police camera that captured Mr. Arden at the scene, who told officers, “I think he wants to kill me.”
“He hit him more than once”
Attorney Nicole Carroll said she does not deny that her client hit her roommate, but will challenge many of the surrounding circumstances, including alleged debts and key developments in their bedroom.
She also said that although Mr Arden agreed that searches on the internet were conducted using his phone, he denied that it was he who conducted them.
“Kevin Arden really hit Harry Sumantry in the evening as described in the crown. And he hit him more than once, ”Ms. Carol said.
“But when it happened, he had no intention of killing him. He did not intend to kill him. “
The trial continues.