Man charged over brother-in-law’s stabbing

A BUNDABERG man who allegedly stabbed his brother-in-law during a heated argument claims he attacked the man to stop him from being violent towards his sister.

The 21-year-old man was arrested on Sunday and brought before Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday where he applied for bail on charges of unlawfully wounding another and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens opposed the bail application alleging the victim was left with a 10cm cut to his abdomen that penetrated all layers of his skin.

Sgt Stevens said the defendant's sister told police that her brother and partner had been fighting all day before the alleged stabbing.

"He (the defendant) said he became tired of him (the victim) arguing with his defacto (the defendant's sister)," he said.

The victim was taken to Bundaberg Hospital where police say he complained loudly and said he did not want to be there, later telling them he would "sort it out" the next time he saw his brother-in-law.

"The victim was intoxicated and unco-operative," Sgt Stevens said.

"The victim reaffirmed he would sort out the defendant next time he saw him."

Defence Barrister Craig Ryan said his client was acting in defence of his sister who had been the victim of "severe domestic violence".

"Many of the (police) facts are not agreed with," Mr Ryan said.

"The incident occurred because there was domestic violence being perpetrated against his sister."

Mr Ryan said his client was a full time concreter who had been living with his sister and her partner since moving to town.

To be considered for bail, the defendant will need to find a different place to live away from the victim and the matter was adjourned until today to give him time to try arrange new accommodation.



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