Two shots of ice.
Part of a bottle of Jim Beam. Beer and wine.
Benjamin James Milward was high on drugs and alcohol the day he’s alleged to have murdered French student Sophie Collombet, a court has heard.
The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard Milward took his second hit just hours before allegedly raping and murdering the 21-year-old in a Brisbane park on the night of March 27, 2014.
Earlier in the day, he is said to have confided in a friend that the drug caused him problems.
The 26-year-old was on Monday committed to stand trial on charges of murder, rape, deprivation of liberty and robbery with personal violence.
Ms Collombet’s naked and battered body was found in a rotunda at Kurilpa Park at South Bank on March 28.
She had been walking home from university.
Witness Layne Smith, who met Milward at a homeless men’s hostel, told the committal hearing the accused had been “intoxicated” after injecting ice and drinking bourbon and wine at mutual acquaintance’s apartment on the morning of March 27.
Under cross-examination he agreed Milward had confided he hadn’t taken ice in a long time but when he’d used it in the past it had “caused him a problem”.
“He mentioned something but he didn’t elaborate,” Mr Smith said.
Later Milward was allegedly given more ice when he ran into hostel resident Justin Christopher Wood at a gazebo in the early evening.
Mr Wood testified he was “pretty sure” Milward injected the drug then.
Milward was seen several hours later outside the hostel with an “energetic” demeanour after it’s alleged he brutally raped and murdered Ms Collombet.
The accused sat quietly in the dock for most of the half-day hearing but rose to apologise to both witnesses as they left the court.
“I’m sorry for putting you in this situation,” he told them.
Defence lawyer Michael Bosscher said the apologies weren’t an admission of any sort.
Milward has not entered a plea and is expected to stand trial in the Supreme Court at a later date.