Armed man critical after defending home

A LISMORE man, who was tracked by police dogs after allegedly bashing an East Lismore man at the weekend, remains behind bars.

Police allege Dwayne Anthony Amey seriously assaulted a 37-year-old man near his home in Bright St, East Lismore, between 1.10am and 1.20am on Sunday.

It is alleged the assault occurred after the 37-year-old man was woken by the noise of smashing bottles.

Police said the man went outside, while armed with a knife, and saw that eggs had also been thrown at a house.

It is not alleged that he threatened anyone with the knife.

When the man confronted a group of men outside his home, police allege he was punched and fell backwards, hitting his head on the cement driveway.

The victim's partner found him and alerted police who commenced a search using police dogs.

Officers tracked 38-year-old Amey to a house in Clarice St where he was arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

Amey, who listed his address as Lismore's Gollan Hotel, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and refused bail by Sergeant Jackie Lilley.

"The accused is charged with a show cause offence," Sgt Lilley wrote on Amey's bail papers when refusing bail.

"The accused has not shown cause why their detention is not justified."

Amey appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday morning and was represented by solicitor Tom Trembath.

Mr Trembath did not apply for bail which was formally refused by Magistrate David Heilpern.

Mr Heilpern ordered as much of the police brief of evidence to be prepared before Amey's next court appearance in November.

The 37-year-old man remains in a critical condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.



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