Friend's disdain at punch boast led to shooting: court

DREW SELBY allegedly thought he was coming off tough when he boasted to his mates about punching his girlfriend.

He allegedly recounted grabbing her throat in their Mooloolaba home before punching her in the face.

But his friends were not impressed - least of all Nathan Potts.

The incident and Selby's behaviour towards former girlfriend Amy Jones was the catalyst for conflict between Selby and Potts and ended with a single gunshot.

Selby, 29, is on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to attempting to murder Mr Potts in 2011.

Defence barrister David James told the jury his client had acted in self-defence.

Mr James said there was no intent to kill Mr Potts and the only intent Selby had was to protect himself.

Crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy told the jury on Thursday Ms Jones moved into Selby's Bloodwood Crt home after the pair got together in February 2011.

The relationship soured when Selby accused his girlfriend of cheating on him and allegedly assaulted her in May 2011.

Mr McCarthy told the jury they would hear from witnesses who recalled Selby "boasting in front of the boys" that he assaulted Ms Jones.

Mr Potts allegedly told Selby: "It does not make you tough hitting girls".

After Ms Jones took refuge with Mr Potts, Selby allegedly told Mr Potts: "We are supposed to be the boys and you are taking the bitch's side."

The court heard on June 8, 2011, Mr Potts and three friends - two with broken legs - drove to Selby's home.

The jury heard Selby allegedly came out from the side of his house with a rifle held up to his shoulder and aimed at Mr Potts.

He shot Mr Potts in the back before hitting him over the head with the butt of the 22-rifle.

Mr Potts alleged he saw Selby trying to reload the rifle but Selby got frustrated because something was not working.

One of Mr Pott's friends in the car managed to drag Mr Potts into the car and sped off.

Mr McCarthy told the court Selby made a triple-0 call to police and claimed someone had come to his house to kill him.

The trial continues.

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