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(generated from captions) He said to me without hesitation

that he had no idea why they were there.

I thought that if someone's had three of their fingers chopped off and they tell you plainly and straightly they don't know what's going on, then he was telling the truth. There was never anything that Phil did or Phil said to me, in the time leading up to that night, that suggested to me that there was anything dangerous or shady about his character or his lifestyle. Jo, call the police!

PHIL: After it was over, Gavin called out to next door

where, coincidentally, my sister lived,

and she phoned the police and the ambulance. STATIC CRACKLES MAN: Police Emergency. JO: Yes, hi there. My name's Joanne Evans. We were told that there was two men outside and they're armed and dangerous with machetes and shotguns, but I know that somebody next door is hurt. There's a number of police cars on the way. And I'll never forget what the operator said to me on the phone. She said, "Half of Brisbane's police force

"will be with you in under three minutes." The police cars pull up and they just poured out of the cars, bulletproof vests, everyone gung-ho happy, and it was pretty scary. JO: I opened the blinds and peered through, and his two male flatmates were face down on the pavement, with coppers with their sort of guns out, and I thought, "Oh, my God! "OK, I can fix this, because I know the answer to this one." So I went out and I said to the police, I said, "No, no, no. "These two guys live here. "They're not the people you're looking for. There's two other men." And all of a sudden I hear screaming, and it's Phil.

And he turned to me and with this incredible look, he said, "Jo, I don't owe anybody any money." And I just go onto sort of overdrive, and I said, "I know you don't. It's alright, it's alright, don't worry. "Just breathe nice and slowly and calm." And he said, "Jo, they've cut my fingers off."

And I... It didn't register, it didn't register at all.

And I just said, "It's OK, it's alright, I know. "It's OK. Everything's going to be fine."

So we got into the ambulance, and the paramedic driving, I remember, turned around and said to the other one,

"Have you got his fingers? Did you pick up his fingers?"

And I remember just sitting back thinking, "Oh, it's true, it's actually real." REPORTER: Police say it's one of the most vicious home invasions they've seen in Brisbane. They say the attackers asked for the part-time Fortitude Valley barman by his Christian name, but say they don't know why he was targeted. The crime was what we generically call a "home invasion", but the main crime we were investigating was what we call a grievous bodily harm with intent to maim. SOMBRE MUSIC The crime scene itself was quite horrific. There were large pools of coagulated blood on the floor of the kitchen - very thick and dark-coloured blood - blood spatters on the kitchen walls. There was also a partially severed finger and also cut marks on the floor as well.

That was the thing that stuck in your mind the most. JONES: A crime of that particularly violent nature would suggest that

there would be some sort of severe retribution for some act that had occurred... ..some sort of disagreement between two criminals. MELANCHOLY MUSIC JO: I was alone until Mum and Dad showed up, and I knew that they weren't gonna be here for another 1.5 hours. Phil was in surgery and he was alone,

and even though I knew that he was getting the best possible medical attention, I didn't want to be too far away. I wanted to be there. I... Mmm, you sort of...with love... I mean, Phil and I are extremely close. He's my best friend, I guess. But...when you go through... I just wanted to... I guess I just wanted to put my arms around him and not let him go. (Laughs sadly) It was dreadful. It was really...mmm. It's alright. TRAGIC MUSIC JAN: When we arrived, we discovered he was in surgery and was likely to be there for eight or nine hours, so we immediately realised that it was pretty serious. Had the guy that did this chopped his fingers off with a decently sharp axe,

putting them back on would have been a piece of cake. But he didn't. It was a blunt axe.

And when they wouldn't come off cleanly, he was pulling them off. We were fortunate enough to actually speak to Phil very briefly before he was taken off into surgery. He was very ill at that stage, and it was probably too difficult to make an assessment

as to the truth or otherwise of the statements that Phil made to me. We spoke to Phil's parents and basically asked them if they had any knowledge, or if they were able to establish any knowledge, as to whether there were drugs involved and whether drugs may have been the issue which caused this offence to occur. MONITOR BEEPS You, of course, have suspicion. And we said to him, "Phil, what could this be about?" And he said, "Mum," he said, "I have done nothing." He said, "I don't owe anybody any money." He said, "I don't even owe anybody $5."

He said, "I do not know what it was."

So as soon as he'd said that, that put my mind at rest. He's lost his little finger. His two middle ones have been attached during a 9-hour operation. The middle finger is a bit of a problem, but they're very hopeful. JAN: Talking to the surgeon, it was apparent that he probably wouldn't play the saxophone again at that point. I think that really made us realise how serious it all was. I mean, playing the saxophone with the one finger that plays more keys than anything is your left little finger on your left hand. Words can't describe...what you think about the person that did this, you know, and just...just ruined everything. Everything was really, really good. And the only things I did, man - I went to uni and played the saxophone and I worked in a pub on the weekend,

and I can't even hold a glass, you know, with my left hand

to pour a beer, let alone play the saxophone. It does make you cry. It makes you... It's just... It's horrible, you know...and... But then, at the same time as it being horrible and all that,