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Knife plunge into neck of victim vital in proving intent

THE decision to plunge a knife into the neck of his victim, then get rid of his weapon and wash the blood off his hands is enough to prove Blackwater's Travis Northey is guilty of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, Crown prosecutor Josh Phillips said yesterday.

Northey appeared in the docks of Rockhampton District Court yesterday for day two of the trial to determine whether he intended to cause grievous bodily harm to his victim, who lives on a farm outside of Blackwater.

The court heard after finishing their work, Northey and a co-worker joined the victim for drinks.

Towards the end of the evening the court heard Northey smashed a glass on the victim's bar and was asked to leave.

When Northey went to leave, the victim saw he had a knife and wrestled it out of his hands and threw it away.

The court heard when Northey and his co-worker were in the car, Northey produced a second knife and stabbed the victim.

Mr Phillips provided an account of the alleged sequence of events from the night of the incident in January 2014.

"What the evidence shows is not somebody who was too drunk to make a decision, but rather a case of alcohol weakening inhibitions and blurring the line between a good choice and a bad choice," Mr Phillips said.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said the evidence was contradicted.

"Tossing a knife over a fence doesn't prove anything. It can be done in panic by someone who realised they have just done someone hard without intention," he said.

"It doesn't prove that 20 minutes ago he intended to inflict GBH on someone. One thing he didn't mention in his list is that the defendant wasn't aware that the other knife was tossed away.

"There is no evidence to prove why he got the first knife or was hiding it. Maybe he thought he was going to be threatened."

The trial continues today.

Topics:  court grevious bodily harm rockhampton rockhampton district court



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