Mum’s last contact with killed son was ‘pocket dial’

THE mother of a former Sunshine Coast chef who was beaten to death in Brisbane has told a court her son was in fear and had a number of drug debts.

An emotional Kata Milos told the Brisbane Supreme Court the last time she heard from her son Peter was the result of a pocket dial.

Peter Milos was found dead in a Morningside home on May 6, 2014.

James Thomas Howell has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to Mr Milos's murder.

Mr Howell and Mr Milos were friends and drug associates.

The court on Thursday heard they had taken drugs in the hours leading up to Mr Milos's death.

Ms Milos told the court her son had recently moved out of a townhouse in New Farm to live with her.

She said police had raided the New Farm residence and found about $6500 in drug money which he had told her belonged to someone else. Around the same time she said police had pulled over her son and found a locked bag with about $4000 in drug money.

She said Mr Milos was not aware of the contents of the bag but had agreed to deliver it.

Ms Milos said her son told her the owner of the money wanted him to pay it back and he was living "in fear".

She told the court that on the day police believe he died, he texted her to apologise for sleeping in. Later she received a call from him.

"I said hello and he couldn't hear me," she said.

"I could hear muffled voices; I think the phone was in his pocket."

She said she unsuccessfully tried to get his attention a number of times before hanging up. She never heard from him again.

The court has heard Mr Howell was seen on CCTV footage walking towards, and 90 minutes later away from, the house where Mr Milos's body was later found.

The court has heard Mr Milos was beaten to death with a spirit level and a hammer in the study of a Morningside home. The trial continues.


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