Two men deny rural Qld stabbing murder

Stephen Peter Crump and Trevor Spencer have both pleaded not guilty to murder.
Stephen Peter Crump and Trevor Spencer have both pleaded not guilty to murder.

A man told his mum he was dying when she found him covered in blood in the toilets of a Queensland car repair business with a sword and a knife nearby, a court has been told.

Two men went on trial on Monday for the murder of Gary Ryan, 43, at a Mundubbera property in 2016.

Stephen Peter Crump and Trevor Spencer both pleaded not guilty to murder in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle told the court Mr Ryan was found by his mother lying near a toilet on a property where he fixed cars, next door to where the mother and son lived.

He had head and neck injuries, and told his mum he was dying.

She found a sword and small knife nearby, while police found a crowbar near the toilet block.

Ambulance officer Stephen Smith told the court Mr Ryan was covered in an "extensive amount of blood" . He had multiple lacerations to his scalp, face and back.

Mr Smith said Mr Ryan was conscious and thought he had been assaulted with a crowbar.

The court was shown photographs taken by police that showed blood inside and outside the toilet block where Mr Ryan was found critically wounded.

Mr Ryan was taken to hospital but could not be saved.

At the start of the trial, which continues, Spencer pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but the Crown did not accept that lesser plea.

Australian Associated Press