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Man stabbed while escorting woman in NSW

A man who was fatally stabbed just minutes after leaving a music festival was escorting a young woman who had been verbally abused outside a Central Coast pizza shop, a Sydney murder trial has heard.

Opening the crown case on Wednesday, prosecutor Huw Baker told the NSW Supreme Court jury that Gregory Gibbins was killed after an altercation outside the Toukley shop on April 5, 2015.

Bradley James Brooks, 21, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Gibbins, 28, and to wounding his friend, Adam Swindell, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The prosecutor said Mr Gibbins, Mr Swindell and another friend left the festival venue just before midnight when they were approached by Amber Pellizzon who asked if they could walk her past the nearby pizzeria where a group of young men had been verbally abusing her.

Brooks and his adopted younger brother, Joel Brooks, were standing outside the shop at the time.

As the three men and Ms Pellizzon walked towards the shop a group of men "made comments towards her" and Joel Brooks walked up to Mr Swindell and "stood very close", according to the prosecutor.

"Mr Swindell said, 'What are you doing? I have nothing to do with this'," Mr Baker said.

Bradley Brooks allegedly pulled a knife from his pants and stabbed Mr Gibbins in the chest before he and his brother chased Mr Swindell.

"Gregory Gibbins stumbled towards the roadway, collapsing face first on the ground," Mr Baker said.

"Some rushed to assist him however he was unresponsive and bleeding heavily from his chest."

Mr Swindell ran away but stopped when he realised he could not outrun the brothers who both struck him with a knife causing a severe cut to his upper right arm and his chest, Mr Baker said.

Mr Gibbins was taken to Gosford hospital where he died from a single stab wound to the chest that struck through his ribs to his heart.

The trial is continuing.

© AAP 2017

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