No bail for accused in Main Arm Christmas scissor stab case

A MAN charged with attempted murder over the alleged stabbing of two men with scissors at a Christmas party at Upper Main Arm in 2012 claims he acted in self defence.

Dean Kenning appeared in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and reckless wounding.

The charges relate to an alleged attack on Peter Jeremy and Eric Funnell outside the Upper Main Arm community hall on December 21.

About 11.30pm, police allege Mr Jeremy and Mr Funnell attended the party where there were about 200 guests.

A short time later, police allege Kenning attacked the two men with scissors.

Mr Jeremy and Mr Funnell were taken to Tweed Hospital with serious injuries to their necks and faces.

The court heard Denning was known to both men.

An investigation was launched and Kenning was arrested on Tuesday, almost 12 months after the alleged incident and refused bail.

When applying for bail, Kenning's solicitor Laura Fennell said her client was unaware police were looking for him.

She said he had been living at the same address at Main Arm for two years.

"He says he is not guilty and is in fear of his life," Ms Fennell said.

Police opposed bail, citing the seriousness of the alleged offences and a strong prosecution case.

Magistrate David Heilpern refused Kenning bail and ordered as much of the brief of evidence as possible to be prepared before his next appearance on January 7.

Mr Heilpern also requested statements from police detailing their efforts to arrest Kenning over the past year.



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