Andrew Carville’s accused murderer Milan Urlich claims he was defending himself
Milan Urlich (l) said he did not tell his brother (r) about Andrew Carville’s death. (Facebook/ABC News)
A man on trial for murder has told the ACT Supreme Court he feared for his life on the night of the killing because the victim, Andrew Carville, had come at him with a knife.
Milan Urlich admitted he was responsible for Mr Carville’s death, but denied it was murder.
Mr Urlich, in his first explanation for how Mr Carville died, said he was helping a friend move out of Mr Carville’s house, when he turned to see him a few feet away “coming towards me with a knife”.
Mr Urlich told the court he grabbed Mr Carville’s hand.
“I was fearing for my life,” he said.
“I was scared, I just did what was natural — I spun him around and put him in a chokehold.”
Mr Urlich told the court Mr Carville fell unconscious and dropped the knife.
He said he realised quickly that Mr Carville was dead when he did not respond after being slapped.
Mr Urlich admitted he wrapped Mr Carville in a carpet, put him on his ute tray and drove out to land at Sutton.
He also admitted he returned weeks later and hid the body in a dry creek bed.
Andrew Carville’s body was wrapped in a carpet and put on the tray of Milan Urlich’s ute. (Supplied: ACT Policing)
Prosecutor Shane Drumgold challenged his account, suggesting Mr Urlich’s actions were to hide the alleged murder by disposing of the body “in the hope he’d just be a missing person”.
But Mr Urlich denied any plan.
“I didn’t know what I was doing. I was freaking out,” he said.
His brother, Marc Urlich, has been charged with helping his brother conceal the alleged murder by going with him to hide Mr Carville’s body and dispose of his car, but Milan told the court he did not tell his brother anything about the situation.
Marc Urlich has also rejected any involvement or knowledge of the incident.