A 73-year-old man found dead in his Melbourne unit with broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung and a broken back was possibly stomped on before his death, a court has been told.
Coburg man Alexander Astbury, 42, pleaded not guilty in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday to murdering his landlord Rafet Demirel on February 11.
According to court documents, Mr Demirel died from acute internal blood loss following "multiple applications" of blunt force trauma, particularly to his torso.
The documents state on the day of his death, he had spoken to his wife about ongoing arguments between two of his tenants.
He allegedly intervened in a fight between tenants later that day, and died as a result of injuries sustained in the scuffle.
Another tenant claimed to have seen Astbury dragging Mr Demirel's body into a courtyard by his ankle after the fight, according to the documents.
She said he panicked when he noticed her watching, and pulled a bed sheet from the clothesline over the victim's head before leaving.
On Friday, the court was told a blood-spattered jacket with Mr Demirel's DNA was found at Astbury's bungalow.
Pathologist Malcolm Dodd told the court Mr Demirel had most of his ribs broken, possibly from having his chest stomped on.
Astbury, who has been remanded in custody at Thomas Embling psychiatric hospital, is believed to suffer from schizophrenia.
Forensic medical officer Jo Ann Parkin told the pre-trial committal hearing that following the older man's death, Astbury was stuck in a "recurring loop" of thought, convinced he was dying.
"He was quite involved in a thought process that he was going to die and he couldn't explain why he thought that," she said.
"It was a recurring loop he was going through."
Dr Parkin told the court that after his arrest, she examined Astbury and noted he had a number of physical injuries including cuts and bruises and an injured hand.
She said he was deemed not fit to be interviewed by police because he was "thought-disordered" at the time.
Astbury was committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria, with a directions hearing due to be held on November 21.