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Self-inflicted stab wound causes ex-teacher to miss court

A former Woodlawn College teacher charged with more than 30 child sex offences against former students will face a bedside court hearing this afternoon as he is suffering a stab wound.

When Richard O'Connor failed to appear at Lismore Local Court yesterday to answer the charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This morning Lismore Local Court heard O'Connor was a patient at Lismore Base Hospital.

"The hospital refuses to release him due to his medical condition for up to 3 days," police prosecutor Mr Costin Neilsen said.

Mr Costin Neilsen said O'Connor was under police guard in hospital.

"At this stage all I can tell the court is that he is suffering a stab wound, a self inflicted stab wound so I'm told," he said.

Due to this, Mr Costin Neilsen asked Magistrate David Heilpern to consider having a bedside hearing.

"I am aware there is considerable public interest in this matter," Mr Heilpern said.

Mr Heilpern noted the packed court gallery and the fact some of those public spectators waited all day on Monday for O'Connor to appear.

"They won't be able to be present at a bedside hearing," he said.

Mr Heilpern listed O'Connors bedside hearing for 2.30pm.
 

Topics:  child sex abuse, court, police, woodlawn




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