Lismore man tells of city knife attack
By WILL JACKSON
RAY GERMAN considers himself lucky to be alive after being stabbed in the back and robbed in Lismore's central business district on Saturday evening.
The knife missed a major artery by millimetres.
Forty-seven-year-old Mr German spoke to The Northern Star last night just before being rushed back to hospital after his serious wounds reopened.
A resident of the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park, he believes Lismore is not safe.
German backpacker Simone Strobel was murdered only 50m from where Mr German was stabbed.
However, Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill McKenna last night said the incident was opportunistic.
Mr German was less than a minute's walk from his home when he was attacked at 6pm. He was on his way to get a pizza.
"I got to the car park and was near the recycling bins when this bloke grabbed me by the neck and dragged me behind the bins," he said.
"He pushed me up against one of the bins and had his arm around my neck and was asking for my wallet while poking me in the back with something. I got my wallet out and then he lunged forward and stabbed me.
"I only got a partial look at him because he still had his arm round my throat."
Mr German used his mobile phone to call the ambulance who then notified the police.
Lismore police found him between two bins with the knife still in his back.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital.
"I was lucky," he said.
Mr German was released about 1pm yesterday but last night the wound reopened and he was taken back to hospital.
Police have released a description of the attacker.
He was Aboriginal in appearance, aged 25 to 30, 175cm-180cm tall with a solid build, short dark and possibly curly hair and wearing a white basketball-type singlet, they said.
Anyone who has information which may assist should contact Lismore Police Station on 6623 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.