3 charged with attempted murder
A CASINO man was stabbed six times and had his jaw broken in a brutal attack at Cougal, north of Kyogle, on Friday night.
Three people, two teenage girls and a 20-year-old man, all of Casino, have been charged with attempted murder and appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday.
Police say the 21-year-old victim was stabbed by all three offenders and kicked during the attack, which took place at a lookout on Lions Road near the NSW/Queensland border.
The man’s attackers then dragged him several metres and rolled him over an embankment, before leaving the scene in the victim’s car, a white BMW sedan.
The car was eventually found abandoned at a park by the Richmond River in Casino, and has been seized for forensic examination.
It is not known whether a weapon has been found.
After the attack, the victim managed to stagger to a farmhouse about three kilometres from where he was hurt to raise the alarm.
He was then driven across the border to Rathdowney Police Station, before being transferred to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, where he was treated for six stab wounds and a broken jaw.
A hospital spokeswoman yesterday said the man was released over the weekend.
Police from the Richmond Local Area Command spent Saturday conducting inquiries into the attack before arresting a 20-year-old man, and two females, aged 19 and 17.
After their arrest, the trio were charged with several offences, including wounding with intent to murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and take and drive a motor vehicle.
During a brief hearing in Lismore Local Court yesterday morning, bail was refused for the 20-year old male and the 19-year-old female.
Neither was represented at yesterday’s bail hearing.
For serious offences including intent to murder and intent to cause grievous bodily harm, there is a presumption against a court granting bail.
However, conditional bail was granted to the 17-year old girl.
Police could not give details about the conditions attached to the girl’s bail.
The three alleged offenders will have their matter mentioned in the Lismore Local Court again this morning.
Police have asked for anyone with information about Friday’s attack to come forward.
In particular, they have appealed for two men and two women aged in their 60s to come forward to assist police with their inquiries.
Police believe they were travelling from Queensland to Kyogle and spoke with the victim at the Lions Road lookout between 9pm and 11pm.
The group or anyone else with information about the incident is urged to contact Lismore detectives on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.