Bronte Clifford said he took ice

BRONTE James Clifford “boasted” about taking two grams of the dangerous drug ice only hours before he died.

But an autopsy report showed Mr Clifford’s claim was not true, a court heard yesterday.

It’s alleged Mr Clifford was killed by strychnine, a poison often used to kill rats, which Myles Edward Stritzke took to a drug party in a clip-seal bag on June 8 last year.

Stritzke allegdly knew how dangerous the poison was and told party-goers not to take too much.

Licking the poison powder off the tip of his finger was enough to kill Mr Clifford, a court heard yesterday.

Stritzke yesterday pleaded not guilty in Rockhampton Supreme Court to the unlawful killing of Mr Clifford.

Kyle Thomas Finlay, 20, was the party host who yesterday testified that Stritzke took the poison to the house where people were already cooking the drug speed, smoking marijuana and boiling “magic mushrooms” to mix with coffee.

Mr Finlay said Stritzke showed the bag of strychnine and warned it could be deadly.

“Myles told us what it (the strychnine) was. He told us it can kill you and don’t take too much of it,” Mr Finlay said.

Crown prosecutor Richard Pointing, addressing the jury yesterday, said the strychnine was kept in the clip-seal bag until later in the night when Mr Clifford was seen with it.

The Crown case is that Mr Clifford licked his finger, stuck it in the bag and licked the strychnine off. Mr Pointing said he did this once or twice.

Mr Finlay said Mr Clifford “had a bit of a joke”, saying, “Look at me, I’m off my head,” before he started convulsing on the floor.

He called for an ambulance before Stritzke and Mr Finlay tried to do CPR on him, taking instructions from a medico over the phone before an ambulance arrived.

Mr Clifford died at the scene.

Mr Pointing said when Stritzke was first interviewed by police he denied having knowledge of the strychnine.

“He must have known the seriousness of what he’d done that night ... he was simply trying to avoid responsibility,” Mr Pointing said.

The Crown will argue Stritzke is responsible for Mr Clifford’s death because he knew how deadly strychnine was.

Mr Pointing said a pathologist would give evidence saying there was no trace of the amphetamine ice in Mr Clifford’s body.

The trial is expected to finish this week.

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