The mother of an alleged murder victim has broken down in tears describing the moment she saw his best friend “hack at him” with a samurai sword. Valerie Bartholomew took the witness stand to give evidence on Tuesday in the Supreme Court trial of Eaton man Damian Kyle Beckerleg, 43, accused of murdering her son James Shane Reimers, 43, in May last year. Fighting back tears, Ms Bartholomew told the court she saw Mr Beckerleg run at Mr Reimers and stabbed him in the shoulder with an arrow not long after she arrived at Mr Beckerleg’s Cleveland Bay Avenue home to pick up his son on the evening of May 21 last year. “I asked him ‘what the hell did you do that for’ before turning around to see [Mr Reimers] was gone,” she said. When asked if she actually saw Mr Reimers assaulting Mr Beckerleg upon arrival, Ms Bartholomew said they were not fighting but thought something had happened when she saw Mr Beckerleg’s swollen face. Ms Bartholomew also gave evidence that she saw Mr Beckerleg holding the samurai sword in the kitchen before she went outside to find her son lying on the driveway attempting to call for an ambulance. “I went outside, found James on the ground and I told him ‘the bastard’s got a sword and he’s gonna come for you’,” she said. Ms Bartholomew said she noticed Mr Reimer’s phone on the ground and took over the triple 000 call when Mr Beckerleg allegedly ran out of the house and chased after Mr Reimers with the sword. “[Mr Beckerleg] was standing over him holding the sword above his head, he looked at me and then he pulled it down straight through my son,” she said. “He just kept hacking at him.” Ms Bartholomew broke down in tears as she told the court she tried to wrap one of Mr Reimers’ wounds with his jacket as he took his last breaths. “I tried to do something but there was nothing I could do,” she cried. During a triple 000 call made by Ms Bartholomew that was played for the court, Ms Bartholomew could be heard telling the operator her son had been stabbed with an arrow before a man, believed to be Mr Beckerleg, could be heard screaming and yelling profanities. Another person could also be heard in the distance screaming “Damo no” while Ms Bartholomew could be heard repeating the same phrase. “He’s already dead, leave him alone,” she said during the call. Prior to the man heard screaming and yelling profanities, Mr Reimers could be heard saying “I’m dying, he’s killed me”. Earlier in the day, Mr Beckerleg’s partner gave evidence, alleging Mr Reimers has flirted with her on several occasions in person and via social media messaging in the lead up to the offending and that the romantic feelings were not reciprocated. Prior to the men leaving Mr Beckerleg’s home to go fishing near Leicester Reserve, she described the mood as a “good, normal afternoon”. But when Mr Beckerleg returned with cuts and swelling to his face and told her Mr Reimers was “jealous of us” and “tried to kill me”, she said she couldn’t believe it was real. She also said she was screaming at Mr Reimers to stop punching Mr Beckerleg when he barged into the bedroom and allegedly assaulted Mr Beckerleg while he was still on the ground inside the walk-in wardrobe. “I was screaming at him but he wouldn’t stop,” she said. After calling 000 to report a home invasion at Mr Beckerleg’s command, she told the court she broke down crying in the backyard. “All I could smell was blood,” she said. During her triple 000 call, which was played for the court, she could be heard pleading for the operator to send police and an ambulance, crying “we need someone” and later exclaimed “they’re out in the street”. The trial continues.