Judgement delayed in Lismore stabbing case
THE judgement against a Leeville man who allegedly stabbed a Lismore woman eight times will be handed down next February due to the complex nature of the case.
Joseph Thomas Carter faced Judge James Bennett this week in Lismore District Court charged with causing wounding and grievous bodily harm with intent to murder, not stopping during a police pursuit and reckless wounding.
The charges relate to the November 2014 alleged stabbing of a 17-year-old woman near Lismore City Hall.
The prosecution alleged at 9pm on November 21, then 22-year-old Carter took a filleting knife from his fathers shed and drove his Daihatsu Charade to Casino.
About 1.20am on November 22, it was alleged Carter drove across the Ballina Rd bridge to South Lismore when he saw his 17-year-old victim walking home.
He then allegedly turned around and parked his car and watched the victim walking along before he proceeded to chase her and she ran toward city hall.
It was alleged Carter then grabbed the victim by the hair before she broke from his grasp and tripped on a median strip.
The victim managed to escape and run to the a taxi driven by Brett Fuller before the taxi driver took her to the Lismore Ambulance station and called police.
"I've been stabbed, I've been stabbed, I've been stabbed," the victim cried as she got into the taxi.
The teen was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where she received life-saving treatment for her injuries.
Mr Fuller told police Carter's car registration, which was circulated on police radio until he was spotted at Casino.
It was alleged a pursuit commenced around the Casino CBD until Carter crashed into a garden wall near a roundabout.
Carter the allegedly ran from the scene and was chased on foot by police who arrested him and took him to Casino police station.
Police seized Carter's clothes for forensic analysis before he was interviewed.
"I grabbed her by the hair and started stabbing her," Carter allegedly told police.
"I stabbed her a couple of times."
It was alleged Carter also told police 'he had been driving around searching for people who were alone."
On Monday at Lismore District Court Carter pleaded not guilty to the charges of causing wounding and grievous bodily harm with intent to murder, not stopping during a police pursuit, due to his mental state at the time.
On Thursday, Judge Bennett described the evidence and submissions about Carter as 'quite a complex case'.
"I hoped to be able to give judgement on this case this week," he said.
Judge Bennett said he had to go through a lot of evidence including psychiatrists reports and anticipated the judgement taking three hours to hand down.
The judgement against Carter will be handed down at Parramatta District Court in February.