Man charged over stabbing girlfriend refused bail

A GOONELLABAH man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend last Friday was refused bail in Lismore Local Court despite personal fears for his own health.

Dennis Roberts, 46, is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, break and enter with intent to commit a serious offence, and contravene an apprehended violence order.

Roberts, who was arrested at the scene of the alleged attack in Dudley Street on January 30, made no plea.

In the bail application police facts on the matter were put before magistrate Annette Sinclair.

His legal representative said Roberts needed to be released because he had suffered three strokes, had critical heart and other health problems and was on methadone treatment for drug problems.

If granted bail he would live at his own home in Goonellabah, more than 2km from the home of his alleged victim. His lawyer said the actions alleged in the charges were 'out of character'.

Ms Sinclair said the allegation concerned the use of a knife to wound, and his police record revealed he had prior matters involving the possession of a knife - the most recent in August 2008, use of a prohibited weapon in 2006, and matters involving violence.

The magistrate called the fresh charges 'extremely serious'.

“On the facts before me the prosecution case appears to be reasonably strong,” she said.

Ms Sinclair said the injured woman was expected to recover and the incident was a breach of an AVO.

She said the court had to put weight on protection of the victim and the community and she was not satisfied Roberts would not continue to be a threat, or not commit a further offence with knives. Bail was refused and the matter adjourned to April 7.



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