Man Accused Of Killing Liam Anderson To Plead NOT Guilty
The man accused of killing Angry Anderson’s son Liam is set to plead not guilty to his murder charge.
Mathew Flame, 20, allegedly launched into a psychotic drug and alcohol fuelled rage, punching and kicking Liam Anderson to death on Sydney's northern beaches early Sunday morning.
Flame’s barrister Charles Waterstreet told the Daily Telegraph his client will plead not guilty by way of mental illness.
‘He’s a humble plumber and this is out of character for him,’ he said.
‘He suffered a psychotic episode, he had never had one before, he’s never hurt anyone before and has a clean record.’
Mr Waterstreet told Manly Local Court his client knew what he was doing but had 'no control over his actions' after allegedly consuming a mix of drugs and alcohol.
Liam Anderson (left) with his alleged killer Mathew Flame (right)
Flame was reportedly worried he was having an overdose, and left the party he and Anderson were attending, court documents state.
Anderson followed his friend, saying: 'I would never leave him'
News.com.au reports the pair had been to a hip-hop gig in Surry Hills with a group of friends.
The pair allegedly took MDMA and drank late into Sunday morning.
The party then moved to a house on the northern beaches, where Flame allegedly consumed more MDMA and marijuana.
Flame allegedly passed out at the house before regaining consciousness when he then believed he was 'under something's control', he stated in the court documents.
He then left the party with Anderson following him saying: 'He’s my best friend. I would never leave my best friend.'
At an intersection up the road, a fight broke out between the two friends, a witness saw Flame on top of Anderson's beaten body, the court documents state.
When the passerby asked what Flame was doing, the young man stared back blankly.
As Liam yelled for help, the witness ran to call police and the alleged attack continued.
Mr Waterstreet said:
'What has happened is lightning has struck twice on two individuals and their families and it's a double tragedy,'
'It's a double tragedy for two very, very good families and two very, very good boys.'