Brisbane man found guilty of murdering man who was taken to hospital bleeding and dying

Three years after CCTV footage of Joel Frew being fatally stabbed was discovered, Tyler Joseph Kelleher has been found guilty of his murder.

Frew, 42, was stabbed to death outside a Brisbane flat in March 2019 after a drug dealer was “ripped off” by three men.

CCTV footage was shown in the Queensland Supreme Court of the moment Frew was stabbed in the abdomen by a 20cm blade before he was taken to hospital and died around 90 minutes later.

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In the footage, Frew can be seen arriving at the drug dealer’s south Brisbane flat and is met at the front door by three people, including Kelleher.

Frew speaks briefly with the group in front of the Wishart unit before Kelleher takes two steps and suddenly stabs the visitor with a knife.

Frew was wheeled to the hospital by one of the unit’s residents with a tea towel on his stomach to soak up the blood.

He died about an hour and a half after the woman took him to the hospital.

A police investigation quickly led them to the unit after the way the woman left Frew caught her attention, the court heard.

The drug dealer eventually told police where to find a hard drive containing the CCTV footage after hiding it in a nearby garden.

The scene of the murder of Joel Frew in Wishart, a Brisbane suburb. Recognition: 7NEWS

He had recently set up surveillance cameras in his apartment after someone tried to break in.

Police also found a knife in a creek behind the unit.

The analysis found a DNA sample on the knife was 100 billion times more likely to have come from Frew than anyone else, the court heard.

The drug dealer had been robbed by three men earlier that day and was trying to determine who was responsible, the jury was told.

The drug dealer and three others, including Kelleher, eventually went to Frew’s house to “get to the bottom of what was happening.”

Tyler Joseph Kelleher was found guilty of murder in 2019. Recognition: 7NEWS

The court heard Frew was thrown to the ground and his phone stolen during their visit.

Punches were also thrown, but no one was hurt.

Frew later went to the Wishart unit to return his phone and was stabbed by Kelleher.

“The central question in this trial is likely to be Tyler Kelleher’s intent when he struck that blow,” the Crown Prosecutor told the jury.

Kelleher, 33, was found guilty of murder on Friday and sentenced to life in prison by Judge Sean Cooper, with 1,355 days of his sentence declared served.

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