Peter Milos with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay (inset) and the scene of his death.
Peter Milos with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay (inset) and the scene of his death. Kristian Silva

Bad blood was boiling before chef murder

A MURDERED chef had been selling a "bad batch" of drugs to unhappy customers and was locked in a feud with a rival dealer when was beaten to death in a Brisbane garage.

Evidence about the troubled double life of former Sunshine Coast chef Peter Milos emerged during the trial of his alleged killer James Thomas Howell on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, who grew up in Maroochydore and trained locally before becoming co-owner of fine dining Brisbane restaurant Mariosarti, was found face down in the blood spattered drug den he was dealing from at Morningside in 2014.

Mr Howell, one of the late chef's alleged drug clients, is accused of bludgeoning Mr Milos to death, possibly over a large wad of cash he had stashed away.

The prosecution relies on circumstantial evidence, a text message sent from Mr Milos to Mr Howell, DNA evidence found on cigarette butts at the scene and video footage from a nearby train station and a fast food outlet which allegedly puts him in the area at the time of the murder.

It will be alleged Mr Milos was using welding equipment under the home to make glass pipes for his clients and that his killer used some of the tools in the workshop to crush his skull.

Anthony Borg, a fitter and turner who allowed Mr Milos to house sit and care for his dogs while he was working away on a fly in, fly out roster, told Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday the area under his home was full of tools of the trade.

He admitted he met Mr Milos while sourcing "gear" and said he was aware the chef used drugs.

But Mr Borg insisted Mr Milos was a "good guy" who had not caused any problems and the first he knew of his glass pipe business was when he returned home from the Surat Basin gas fields to find hundreds of police and forensic officers combing over his property.

A second cousin of Mr Milos, Jade Pollard, recalled visiting him the weekend he died.

She told the court Mr Milos was smoking ice in front of her, something she said he would not ordinarily do, telling her he had to "test" the product because people had been complaining it was a "bad batch".

She agreed she had seen a large wad of $50 notes during her visit and remembered Mr Milos was "p***ed" that a former friend was selling drugs behind his back and had made about $6000 from a deal which "should have been his".

She also said Mr Milos had told her to leave because he had someone coming over soon and he didn't like her to be around "all that stuff".

The trial continues.

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