Two Sydney brothers attacked a retired bus driver who was dragged from his car - where he had been sleeping rough - before being bashed and fatally stabbed, a jury has been told.
One of his six stab wounds was of such force "that it snapped the handle of the knife and the blade was still embedded in the chin of the deceased when police arrived shortly after", prosecutor Adrian Robertson said.
He was opening the Crown case on Monday at the NSW Supreme Court trial of Ray Travers, 22, and Jacksun Travers, 20, who have pleaded not guilty to murdering Peter Hofmann on June 21, 2017, at Maroubra.
The 68-year-old's car had been seen in the same spot virtually every night in the months preceding his death.
"He had been retired for some years but had fallen into financial hardship," Mr Robertson said.
On the day of his death, Mr Hofmann had been in good spirits when he met former bus drivers at the Mascot Graphic Arts Club before later parking his car in the usual spot about 6pm.
"He had his belongings in the car - documents, blankets and a pillow," Mr Robertson said.
People saw him apparently asleep in the car, with his head resting on a pillow against a window and blankets over him.
The brothers lived in the area and on June 21 drank at a local hotel, attended a "party of sorts" as it was State of Origin night and spent time at the Maroubra Seals Club, Mr Robertson said.
Minutes before Mr Hofmann was attacked, there was a phone call between the brothers which the Crown alleged "was significant in terms of the events that followed".
He alleged the brothers converged from different directions at the car.
A chef walking home saw a man coming the other way and when she turned around to check she was not being followed, saw him knock on the driver's side of the parked car and say: "Hey mate."
She then heard loud banging with both fists and a man yelling "open the f***ing door", Mr Robertson said.
A passing taxi driver also saw a man banging on the car, when another man approached the vehicle.
Mr Robertson alleged the men were the brothers who attacked Mr Hofmann, who was pulled from the car after a window was smashed, punched, kicked and stabbed six times.
DNA found on the victim's clothing was consistent with Ray Travers being a minor contributor, while DNA on a cigarette butt inside the car and outside the car matched that of his brother, the prosecutor said.
Barristers Tony Evers, for the older brother, and Ertunc Ozen SC, for Jacksun Travers, both told the jury lots of young men were around the streets of Maroubra that night, being State of Origin night.
Mr Ozen referred to a party attended by young men, foreshadowing that witnesses would say they saw "various groups, individuals and pairs of young men" in the area at about the time of the attack.
Mr Evers noted the limitations of DNA testing, as well as the "very limited observations" of the chef and taxi driver of the attack on Mr Hofmann.
The trial continues before Acting Justice Peter Hidden.
Australian Associated Press