Former lover pleads guilty to concealing stabbing

THE relationship between Christopher Lee Dumas, 23, and Phiona North, 22, was almost a fatal attraction when, in November last year, North stabbed a man and then asked Dumas to conceal her crime.

North pleaded guilty in Lismore District Court on August 22 this year to recklessly wounding a man with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and will be sentenced on February 13.

In Lismore District Court on Wednesday, Dumas pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.

Dumas and North fell in love while at school in Port Macquarie when they were aged 17 and 16.

A year later their daughter was born.

Their relationship was an on-again, off-again affair, and in 2007 North got into a violent relationship with another man.

Last November North told Dumas she wanted to rekindle their bond and he drove from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads to see her.

A row broke out between North, her then partner and another man living in the same block of units.

North feared the man might tell her partner of a conversation they had so she went with a large knife to his unit to threaten him to keep her secret, but ended up stabbing him in the abdomen which required surgery.

North fled to Dumas and pleaded with him to help her conceal the knife and the crime.

Judge Black gave Dumas a 12-month suspended sentence.



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