TWO brothers accused of murdering a Newcastle drug dealer have been committed for trial with one of the brothers offering to plead guilty to manslaughter.
Lee and Ian ‘‘Easy’’ Dacey were celebrating Ian’s release from prison on August 9 last year when an argument erupted between them and family friend Peter Dent, Newcastle Local Court heard.
The brothers are accused of bashing and stabbing Mr Dent who survived and appeared to be recovering well in John Hunter Hospital before he collapsed and died on August 14, the court heard.
Ian Dacey, 30, offered to plead guilty to manslaughter yesterday, but the plea was not accepted and he was committed for trial for murder.
Lee Dacey, 31, who did not enter a plea, was also committed for trial on one count of murder.
They will face the Sydney Supreme Court next month.
Magistrate Mark Buscombe heard from a number of witnesses who saw and heard the exchange between the brothers and Mr Dent near Mr Dent’s Hamilton South unit in the early hours of August 10.
The witnesses gave varying accounts as to what occurred while Ian Dacey reportedly told a number of people that he was protecting his brother when he stabbed Mr Dent, the court heard.
Mr Dent, 48, suffered six stab wounds.
One of the wounds, to the chest, was the fatal wound, a post-mortem found.