Stabbing followed argument

ACCUSED of killing his invalid aunt in their shared Casino home, Noel Gardiner had been seen walking down the street stabbing himself.

Gardiner, 20, appeared in the Lismore Local Court charged with the murder of Elizabeth Phillips, 36, on September 5. Ms Phillips’ body was found at her Albert Street home with stab wounds.

Magistrate Michael Dakin agreed to a Crown application that an interim forensic procedure order on Gardiner now be allowed so photos of the accused taken after his arrest can be used in evidence. Mr Dakin said police alleged Gardiner argued with his aunt before stabbing her.

Gardiner was seen leaving her house and heard yelling he had stabbed his mother and had killed her. He was also seen stabbing himself. The case was adjourned until February.



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