Fa­ther faces trial for son’s stab­bing death

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

A LISMORE fa­ther has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to the al­leged mur­der of his 29-year-old son dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Christo­pher John Gib­son, 62, al­legedly stabbed his son Shawn twice dur­ing a fight be­tween the pair on the night of Novem­ber 18 last year at his North Lismore home. Dur­ing Gib­son’s com­mit­tal hear­ing in the Lo­cal Court in Septem­ber, the court heard that one of the stab wounds pen­e­trated the lin­ing of the younger Gib­son’s chest and sev­ered a crit­i­cal artery.

A sec­ond stab wound pen­e­trated 23mm into the back of the 29-year-old’s up­per shoul­der.

The court also heard how the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two men was strained, with ev­i­dence of a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion wit­nessed by friends some two years be­fore the al­leged mur­der.

Gib­son was for­mally ar­raigned in the Supreme Court in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 3 and pleaded not guilty.

He will face an es­ti­mated four-week trial sched­uled to com­mence on July 16 in the Supreme Court in Lismore.

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