Alleged attacker refused bail

THE man police allege wounded three hotel patrons with a knife in Coffs Harbour this week has appeared in court the day after his arrest.

Michael Shane Coleman, 28, was yesterday refused bail in the local court accused of committing Wednesday night’s triple stabbing in the Coffs Harbour Hotel.

Coleman was arrested by detectives while walking in Dunn Place on Thursday evening.

Police allege he was carrying a knife in the pocket of his pants, which Crown prosecutors will seek to prove was the blade used in the attack.

The weapon underwent forensic testing after it was seized by police and is set to be a crucial piece of evidence in the case.

Coleman’s arrest also came after police circulated images of their suspect, captured by the hotel’s closed circuit security cameras.

While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, police allege he stabbed a 34-year-old man in his upper chest as he played a poker machine in the hotel’s gaming room.

The attack occurred at 6.08pm on Wednesday inside the licensed venue on the corner of West High and Grafton streets.

Two other men intervened in an attempt to disarm the attacker.

One man, 27, suffered a wound to his right hip, while the other, 23, sustained a cut to his chest.

The 34-year-old yesterday remained in a stable condition in hospital, while the other two stabbing victims have since been released.

Coleman is facing one count of wounding with intent and two counts of reckless wounding.

His case has been adjourned to Monday in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

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