Stab accused bailed
MAGISTRATE GRANTS BAIL ON CONDITION OF UNDERTAKING REHABILITATION
A man who allegedly stabbed his friend in the leg at a golf course last month has been bailed.
Matthew John McKay, 31, was arrested on August 27 at Broadford, near Seymour, after he allegedly stabbed his friend after an argument.
He was denied bail after he faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court the day after his arrest, but was released after he made another application at the same court on Tuesday.
The court heard during his initial appearance that the accused had ongoing problems with alcohol and anger.
Magistrate Stella Stuthridge denied the initial bail application in August after police expressed concerns that Mr McKay might contact witnesses and the victim if released.
‘‘In arguments, he becomes agitated,’’ prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Chris Cole said at the time.
‘‘The accused’s response to any altercation is out of proportion.’’
Appearing via videolink for his second bail application, Mr McKay, through his lawyer, told the court he had arranged to enter a rehabilitation centre at Warburton if he was released on bail.
Ms Stuthridge granted his bail, under strict conditions that he stays out of Broadford, does not contact the witnesses or the victim, and that he goes directly to rehabilitation clinic from prison.
‘‘It reduces the risk if you are not drinking, you are far away and getting support for your issues,’’ the magistrate said.
She warned Mr McKay that he could potentially face years in prison if he did not get his act together while on bail.
Mr McKay will next face the court on November 28 for the five charges in relation to the alleged stabbing.