A Queensland drug dealer's girlfriend broke up with him after she saw him pay $36,000 in cash for a car, the man's murder trial has heard.
Samuel Thompson spent money on televisions, designer clothes and "a lot of material things", former girlfriend Siobhan Ferris told the Queensland Supreme Court on Monday.
The body of Mr Thompson, 22, was found in a shallow grave in a pine forest, with a tomahawk buried alongside it, almost a month after he went missing in 2017.
Roberto Vincenzo Boscaino is on trial for Mr Thompson's murder.
Ms Ferris said she was with Mr Thompson when he bought a Subaru for $36,000.
"I was there when he counted the money for it," she told the court.
Ms Ferris broke up with him afterwards.
"It scared me," she said.
Mr Thompson, a childcare worker until his earnings from selling drugs increased, didn't keep his drug dealing a secret, the court heard.
"He was very open that he sold pot," school friend Benjamin Woolley said.
Boscaino pleaded not guilty to murder at the start of the trial last week. He offered to plead guilty to an alternate charge of being an accessory after the fact of murder but that deal was rejected by the Crown.
Boscaino has pleaded guilty to a separate charge of interfering with a corpse.
Australian Associated Press