Stab ac­cused bailed


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Bar­clay White

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.

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