Victim's family live in fear
THE mother of a teen who was stabbed in Lismore recently lives in a constant state of fear for herself and her family, who are terrorised on a regular basis.
Last month, an 18-year-old boy was stabbed several times in McLennan La in Lismore.
The victim's mother, who wanted to be identified as Tracey, said the stabbing occurred during a fight between her son and another male, the result of a long-running feud between the two that was sparked two years ago.
She said her son was playing pool at the Northern Rivers Hotel with his friends on June 18 before they decided to get pizza from Dominos, where he was confronted by his alleged perpetrator.
A fight erupted and landed Tracey's son in hospital with two stab wounds to his abdomen, one to his hand and a superficial wound to his back.
But it was not only her son that was targeted, Tracey said.
“They have spray painted our house. My daughter, 22, had her car smashed in and her front door smashed in when she was home with her daughter,” the mother-of-five said.
“Some of them have come to the house with baseball bats. There is always a car load of them.
“They scare the life out of us. We have security lights all around our house now and we have two dogs. I just don't know when they are going to come and what they are going to do.
“We have lived here all our lives but now my husband wants to leave.”
It's understood the other male involved in the fight did not receive medical attention.
But despite her son's injuries and harrowing ordeal, Tracey was impartial enough to realise her son was not a “complete angel.”
“I know there are two sides to every story but my son was the one that was stabbed,” she said.
“If you stab someone, you are trying to cause them injury. If you are carrying a knife, it's premeditated.
“I am not saying my son is an angel. He was out there with the best of them but he did not deserve to be stabbed
“The cops tell me there is not enough evidence but what do they need, someone to die? It will escalate because nothing has been done.”
Tracey said police told her no one could be charged as there were conflicting versions of the event.
But Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Nicole Bruce said the case was not yet closed.
“The information provided by the alleged victim and offender are conflicting,” she said.
“Police are still conducting their enquiries with the witnesses.”
Northern Rivers trail of violence
July 5 - Ballina
A man allegedly stabbed a woman several times in the neck, leg and hand
July 3 - Ballina
A man sustained a fractured skull after he was allegedly hit in the head with a hammer
June 19 - Casino
A Casino hotel manager was chased out of his business during a ram raid
June 10 - Nimbin
A woman was robbed at knifepoint