No bail for stabbing charge

A MAN charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Brelsford Park on Monday night has been refused bail to reappear in court.

Terbai Annai, 26, of Blacktown, sat in the dock during a brief bail hearing yesterday.

His legal defence claimed he acted in self defence during the struggle.

The court heard a 21-year-old man involved in the fight was hospitalised with a stab wound to the upper right side of his chest, as well as other injuries to his forehead, nose and triceps.

Police arrested Annai on Tuesday afternoon over the stabbing, charging him with wounding to person with intent to murder.

Detectives seized several items of clothing from a Coffs Harbour house, as well as a motor vehicle for forensic testing.

The crown will attempt to prove the accused used a knife to inflict injuries on the victim during the dispute. Annai has told police the victim produced the knife in the park, during the drunken fight.

He said he left the scene some time between 7pm and 9pm to treat his own wounds.

The victim meanwhile, walked to Woolworths in Park Avenue before an ambulance was called.

Refusing a request for bail, Magistrate Judith Fleming adjourned the case to December 15.

“He is facing serious allegations and if convicted would face a custodial penalty,” Magistrate Fleming said.

The crown claimed if the accused was released there might be further reprisals and dispute within Coffs Harbour's African community.

It was said Annai arrived in Australia in 1999 and has family ties to the local community given he is married to a Coffs Harbour woman.

The court heard the police investigation is still in its early stages and that witnesses to the fight have given differing versions of events.

Investigators have also revealed they are trying to resolve whether Monday night's stabbing is linked to a home invasion in Ocean View Crescent, Emerald Beach, last Tuesday night.

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