Stabbing almost punctured heart

STEVEN Maurice Risk yesterday claimed it was in self-defence that he stabbed a man so deep it almost punctured his heart.

The stab wound was 10cm deep and stopped just centimetres from a 21-year-old man’s heart, puncturing his right lung, a court heard yesterday.

Risk, 52, told the court he picked up the knife and lunged at the man’s stomach area after he was head-butted and almost “cracked across the head with a chair”.

The details of this alleged attack were yesterday revealed in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court during Risk’s bail application.

He has been in custody since October 16 - the day after the alleged attack.

Defence solicitor Brian McGowran said the alleged victim had intruded into Risk’s Kent Street home demanding money about a car.

“It had nothing to do with him but they (the victim and his friend) are convinced it’s him,” Mr McGowran said.

“When he (Risk) said, ‘What are you talking about?’ the complainant head-butted him and proceeded to pick the chair up.”

Mr McGowran said Risk should be granted bail because he voluntarily attended the police station the following day and gave a complete record of interview.

“He walked through the front door of the police station and said, ‘I stabbed him. I think you want to talk to me,’.”

Risk is charged with unlawful wounding and possessing a knife in a public place.

He is also charged with a separate count of arson from February 1. Risk was granted bail on the condition he report to police once a week.



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