A YOUNG woman who claims she was either acting in self-defence or accidentally stabbed Jason Adams to death at Raymond Terrace last year allegedly told a friend immediately after the stabbing: "oh babe, you should have felt that, it felt so good", a jury has heard.
Lily Ridgeway, now 22, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to murder over the death of Mr Adams and faced the first day of an estimated three-week trial in NSW Supreme Court.
During his opening address, Crown prosecutor Brian Costello outlined a series of "increasingly acrimonious" text messages between Mr Adams and Ms Ridgeway's friend, Nikita Hanson, on the night of February 28 and into the early hours of February 29 last year that he said led to the fatal confrontation outside a house in Payton Street.
"You think I f---ing like fighting huh," Mr Adams wrote in one text message to Ms Hanson. "I've tried hard to keep my calm. Please leave me alone and I will do the same."
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To that Ms Hanson replied: "weak c---. F--- you, you dumb dog."
Mr Adams sent back: "you want to start this lets do it I'm going to jail happy lol."
Mr Adams had been granted bail to live at Ms Hanson's house in Payton Street, but within a few days their relationship had soured to the point where Mr Adams had been thrown out.
That expletive-laden text message exchange culminated in Mr Adams returning to Ms Hanson's house about 5.20am on February 29 where he was allegedly confronted outside by Ms Ridgeway and stabbed once in the chest, the blade penetrating his heart, before he stumbled down the road, collapsed in the middle of an intersection and died.
Mr Costello said Ms Hanson told police she heard Mr Adams repeatedly yell at Ms Ridgeway "go on stab me" before he suffered the fatal wound.
And she said after the stabbing, Ms Ridgeway ran back up the driveway into the house and told her: "oh babe, you should have felt that, it felt so good."
"If you accept that evidence that immediately after the stabbing Ms Ridgeway said that then it is fairly plain that the accused was not acting in self-defence," Mr Costello said.
Mr Costello said the trial would focus on a "crucial" five-minute window between when Mr Adams returned to the house and when triple-zero was called.
During her opening address, defence barrister Madeleine Avenall, SC, said it was in dispute that Ms Ridgeway "purposefully or deliberately" caused the wound to Mr Adam's chest, that she was acting with an intention to cause him really serious injury and that she was not acting in self-defence.
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