Kyogle man charged over stabbing

A KYOGLE man who police allege stabbed another man multiple times in the face, neck and hands told police he has no memory of the violent attack.

Jai Newton appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm over the alleged attack on 40-year-old Ian Smith on Saturday. Police alleged 21-year-old Newton committed a potentially life threatening assault with a knife when he ran up and punched Mr Smith while he was walking with a 51-year-old man, on Geneva St, just after midnight.

When a scuffle ensued it is alleged Newton stabbed Mr Smith multiple times. Police said there were a number of witnesses to the attack.

Newton then ran from the scene and police attended and established a crime scene.

Mr Smith was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

At 2.20am on Saturday morning, Newton was arrested and taken to Lismore police station and refused bail. Yesterday Newton's solicitor Mr Hooper did not apply for bail for his client.

Police documents tendered in court stated "no apparent motive had been raised for the attack and it appeared it was unprovoked".

Magistrate David Heilpern said as he was facing a strictly indictable charge, Newton's matters had to be adjourned to a date when Director of Public Prosecutions matters were listed.

He ordered as much of the brief of evidence against Newton to be served on the defence by July 8, and adjourned the matters until a date in July at Lismore Local Court.



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