Teen gets bail on serious charges

A CASINO teenager accused of slashing the throat and head of two neighbours with a knife after he attacked his mother and threatened to stab his brothers has been granted conditional bail.

He is also accused of making threats to kill families in their homes.

The 17-year-old youth made a successful bail application before Lismore Children’s Court Magistrate Jeff Linden on Tuesday when he appeared charged with six offences.

He was granted bail, but was ordered to live with relatives away from Casino.

Through his lawyer Neal Funnell, the youth pleaded guilty to four of the charges: assault causing bodily harm; two counts of assault; and being armed with intent to commit an offence.

Mr Funnell conceded his client faced serious charges, but had no prior breaches of bail or failures to appear before the court on previous unrelated matters.

He said the teenager was able to live with relatives at Tenterfield, which was ‘a significant buffer zone’ from his alleged victims.

Mr Funnell said a custodial penalty was ‘not inevitable’ and his client had spent four days in custody since his arrest.

His mother was also in the court room.

Prosecutor Sgt Alissia Kennedy said police strongly opposed bail as the teenager had a previous matter for violence against his mother.

After consideration of the police facts, Mr Linden granted bail on condition the youth live in Tenterfield with relatives and not come within 100 metres of the alleged victims’ homes.

Police facts stated the teenager arrived home at 10pm affected by alcohol or a drug and was told to go to bed.

He threatened to stab his three brothers and went into the kitchen and rummaged through drawers, with his mother yelling to the other children to run for safety.

As the children ran screaming from the house the teenager came from the kitchen with a steak knife, telling his mother he was going to kill her.

His frightened mother tried to secure herself in a bathroom, however, the teenager was able to reach around the door and punch his mother four or five times in her face.

She tried to hold the door closed and her son stabbed the door 23 times.

When a neighbour ran inside the house he saw the teenager stabbing at the bathroom door. The teenager turned and held the knife at the man and began to lash out.

The man leaned back to avoid the knife, but it sliced across his throat, causing minor lacerations.

The neighbour turned and ran.

The teenager also left the house and is then alleged to have run toward another neighbour who was standing at his gate.

Still holding the black-handled knife, the teenager yelled at him: “I’ll kill you.” He struck out at the man and the tip of the blade struck the top of his head.

The teenager is then alleged to have yelled: “Someone needs to call the cops. I’m going to run through people’s houses and kill the whole family.”

After conditional bail was granted the case was adjourned.

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