Man who allegedly stabbed Lismore teen pleads not guilty
A LEEVILLE man who allegedly told police he stabbed a Lismore woman multiple times has pleaded not guilty in Lismore District Court.
Joseph Thomas Carter faced Judge James Bennett today 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.
From there it was alleged Carter drove to Byron Bay where he drove around the streets for a number of hours before heading back to Lismore.
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.
Taxi Driver Brett Fuller allegedly saw the victim running away from Carter and trip over.
Then Mr Fuller allegedly saw Carter 'punching' the victim.
In fact, it alleged the punching Mr Fuller thought he saw was Carter stabbing the teen eight times.
The victim managed to escape and run to the taxi 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."
This morning 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.
The trial, which has been set down for three days, continues tomorrow.