Liam Anderson's mother embraces Mathew Flame when found guilty of murder
An apprentice plumber who thought his best friend was a ghost when he murdered him was found not guilty of murder but guilty of homicide.
Mathew Flame pleaded not guilty to the murder of Liam Anderson, the son of Angry Anderson, Rose Tattoo singer.
After Thursday's NSW Supreme Court jury delivered its verdicts, Liam Anderson's mother Lindy hugged the man who killed her son.
Flame, 22, stomped Anderson twice shortly after sunrise on November 4, 2018 in a Queenscliff park on Sydney's northern beaches.
At the time, the prosecutor contended that Flame was delusional due to his voluntary use of drugs like cocaine, while the defense said he was afflicted by schizophrenia psychiatric disease.
Outside sentencing, Flame's counsel, Leonie Gittani, said her client was really moved" by his dead friend's mother's embrace.
She said he felt a little emotional but felt pleased at the verdicts.
"For him, it was a difficult journey and a tough journey for all," she said.
She hoped he'd get the help he wanted in prison.
Flame and Anderson had been drinking with a group of mates every night, visiting Brookvale Restaurant, Darlinghurst's Burdekin Hotel and two-houses. mate's
Nadia Khalil testified that they came to her Queenscliff unit about 4am and Flame, who had taken ecstasy, was very hyped, very enthusiastic" after the friends had a nice night out party.
But Flame's attitude shifted - he got "quite closed off," was very hot and flushed, started taking off some clothes and walking out, followed by her and Anderson.
"We were concerned about him because he wasn't alone in a good headspace," she said.
She asked the couple to come in but Anderson said he's my best friend, I'd never abandon my best friend."
Police were then called to park after witnesses saw an emotionless man kicking a man on the ground, moving his head twice.
Then Flame rambled about Satan before claiming "I was possessed last night" and wondering "is anybody dead because of me? ”
He faces a hearing before Justice Richard Button on December 8.