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"Dean is a dead man walking" - threat after scissor stabbing

GRAPHIC photos and descriptions of injuries sustained by two victims of an alleged violent scissors stabbing at a party at Main Arm in 2012 were presented before Lismore District Court yesterday.

Dean Andrew Kenning faces two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and two counts of reckless wounding over the alleged attack with surgical scissors on Peter 'Kym' Jermey and Eric Funnell at Main Arm on December 21.

Mr Jermey gave evidence that he was sitting in the front seat of his Toyota Prado talking to Mr Funnell when an arm, alleged to be Kenning's, came between the men and slapped him in the throat.

The court heard Mr Funnell grabbed Kenning and threw him toward the rear of Mr Jermey's car.

Mr Jermey then got out of his car, unaware of his injuries until he spoke.

"As I spoke I felt the air come out of the side of my throat and a fine mist spray of blood that was visible," he said.

"I put my hand up to my neck and looked at the blood on my hand and said 'lookout he's got a knife or something'."

When he eventually noticed the alleged weapon in Kenning's right hand, Mr Jermey described it as a black fingerless glove with a pair of surgical scissors taped to Kenning's hand.

Under cross examination by Kenning's Barrister, Ben Cochrane, Mr Jermey told the jury he was 100% sure he didn't threaten to kill Kenning in a Facebook post.

Mr Cochrane then produced a computer screen shot of Kenning's sister Christie's Facebook account with a threatening message.

"Dean is a dead man walking" was part of the post from the account of Kym Jermey, which Mr Jermey then admitted to.

The jury also heard from Eric Funnell, a friend of Mr Jermey's for some 10 years, about the alleged attack.

Mr Funnell said when a man approached Mr Jermey's car, he had his arms apart like he was about to cuddle him.

Topics:  crime



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