Prosecutors in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his mother claim she was frightened of him.

Stephen Jonathan Pike, 35, is charged with killing 63-year-old Suellen Pike sometime between August 12 and 15 in 2009.

On day two of the committal in the Southport Magistrates Court, the missing woman's close friend Brenda Ring said Suellen had confessed her son was violent.

But she also revealed on cross-examination her friend, who suffered from schizophrenia, had said she loved having her son living with her.

Yesterday Pike's childhood friend Dean Howard told the court they had a drunken conversation at a party on August 28 in which they joked about Pike "knocking" her off in order to claim his inheritance.

Mr Pike was charged in late September and voluntarily surrendered himself into police custody.

At the committal hearing in the Southport Magistrates Court, 145 witness statements and 118 exhibits have been tendered.

The hearing is scheduled to run until Wednesday and resume for a further seven days later this year.

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