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'I wasn't the evil one' accused murderer says

"I WASN'T the evil one."

That's what accused murderer Horace Lorenzo Jones told police in an interview in 2012, Rockhampton Supreme Court heard yesterday.

Jones took to the witness stand to give his account of the day he allegedly killed his mother Roxane Gilbert with a samurai sword and a steak knife.

He has pleaded not guilty to her murder.

The court heard - in a 2012 interview with police, following the death of Jones' mother - the 21-year-old said "there are a lot of things that have happened over the years".

The court heard some of those "things" included occasions where Jones and his younger sister were physically beaten by their mother.

Defence barrister Lars Falcongreen asked Jones to retell the events leading up to his mother's death.

Mr Falcongreen asked Jones "after you killed mum, what happened after that?"

Jones replied: "In a state of panic, I hopped into the shower as quickly as I could and I scrubbed (the blood off) my body as hard as I could. There was blood everywhere."

Jones said he quickly tried to clean up the blood around the lounge, rinsed blood off the samurai sword and steak knife and put them back into his room.

He told the court he put the clothes he was wearing into a washing machine and sprinkled bi-carbonate soda over them.

Jones said there wasn't any laundry powder in the house.

At one stage during yesterday's trial, Jones told the court, "I would have gone to work the following day (after his mother was killed) but I had some pain in my hand".

When Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller asked Jones if his hand injury was the only thing that stopped him from going to work, he responded "yes".

In the days before Roxane Gilbert's death, Rockhampton Supreme Court heard she had been staying with her son at his house in Gladstone. She usually lived in Bundaberg.

The court heard Ms Gilbert was frustrated her son wasn't showing up for work because his friends were constantly at his house.

Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller suggested to the defendant that his mother was upset Jones and his friends were smoking cannabis around her youngest son, the defendant's half-brother.

Her anger was triggered by Jones' behaviour and actions, the court heard.

The situation between mother and son intensified when Ms Gilbert called the police to attend her son's house on June 28, 2012 - the day before she was allegedly murdered.

It was a bid by Ms Gilbert to try to prevent Jones' unruly behaviour around the house, the court was told.

On the day before her murder, the court heard Ms Gilbert asked Jones to water the plants outside his house.

Jones said at that point, in front of his friends, Ms Gilbert hit him over the back of the head with her hand.

"I said to her, don't hit me in front of my friends ... she was disrespecting me in front of (them)," he said.

On the day of Ms Gilbert's death, Jones told the court his mother attacked him first with a knife.

"She came at me. She attacked me first, so I swung the sword back at her," he said.

The defendant retorted at Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller's suggestion that Jones' mother did not attack him first, nor did she wield a knife.

Jones said: "This is my account, what I'm telling you is what I believe happened... you're basically telling me I'm lying".

The court heard Jones zip-tied his mother's arms and legs, and wrapped her body in plastic.

He put her body into a car, before telling his friends he had murdered his mother, the court heard.

Mr Fuller told the court the killing had taken place while Jones' younger brother was sleeping in the room.

The trial continues on Monday.

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