CRIME: Lismore City Hall, the scene of the alleged stabbing.
CRIME: Lismore City Hall, the scene of the alleged stabbing. Marc Stapelberg

Cabbie, cops praised for rescuing stabbed teenager

THE intervention of a taxi driver and quick action by police have been credited with saving the life of an 18-year-old girl who was repeatedly stabbed at Lismore.

A 22-year-old Casino man, Joseph Carter, this morning face court charged with attempted murder over the Keen Street stabbing.

Carter is alleged to have fled the scene following the intervention of a taxi driver early Saturday and was arrested after a police pursuit at Casino a short time later.

Richmond LAC Acting Inspector Mat Johnson said the quick response of the officers on duty kept the young woman alive and caught the man allegedly responsible just over 20 minutes later.

"This is not a common event," he said. 

"The actions of the taxi driver and the police are to be commended."

Police said officers were called to Lismore City Hall about 1.25am on Saturday after reports of an injured woman in a taxi.

The taxi driver told police he saw the woman being assaulted by a man and intervened.

When police arrived, they found the 18-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds to her head and upper body.

Officers commandeered the taxi and drove the woman to hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.

Fortunately, the male taxi driver was not hurt as a result of his rescue.

Richmond LAC Acting Inspector Mat Johnson said the man involved in the alleged attack drove from the scene after the cabbie's intervention.

About 1.40am, Casino police noticed a white Daihatsu Charade travelling speeding at Casino and gave chase.

The pursuit ended when the Charade hit a roundabout at the intersection of Centre and Hare Streets and caught fire. The driver ran from the scene and was arrested after a short foot chase.

A knife was found in the Charade and would be forensically examined, Insp Johnson said.

A 22-year-old man was arrested and was taken to Casino Police Station.

Joseph Carter was refused bail in Lismore Local Court on Sunday and will appear today charged with attempted murder and malicious intent causing serious bodily harm

The 18-year-old woman was transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital yesterday.



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