Teen recounts stabbing incident

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man has described being stabbed at a bus shelter when he was a student at the Yeppoon State High School.

The man, who is the complainant in a trial that started in the Rockhampton Children’s Court yesterday, said he was waiting for the bus after school finished at 3.15pm on March 26, 2009, when he bumped into a 16-year-old ex-student.

“After I told him it was an accident I said, ‘What are you going to do about it? You’ve got a knife don’t ya’ and he responded ‘yes’.”

The man said the accused pulled out a Leatherman knife from his jumper pocket.

He said when he went to push him he was stabbed in the left torso and he pulled him to the ground and swung a punch which connected.

He then told the court he let go of the accused and when he stood up some girls near by pointed towards a circle of blood coming through his shirt.

He was taken to Yeppoon Hospital.

Defence lawyer Jeff Clarke asked the complainant if he was aware the defendant had Asperger’s Syndrome. The complainant said he wasn’t.

He admitted he was expelled from school for fighting and that at a previous court appearance was classed by other people as a bully at school.

The accused has denied charges of unlawful wounding and possession of a knife.

The trial continues today.



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