Stab ac­cused stays in jail

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

AN Ing­ham man who al­legedly stabbed an­other man, punc­tur­ing his lung, has been de­nied bail.

An­thony Wil­liam Catchinda, 53, faced Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day charged with griev­ous bodily harm fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in Ing­ham early on Tues­day morn­ing.

Po­lice were called to an Ing­ham home about 1.30am and found a 35- year- old man with a wound to his back.

Catchinda’s solic­i­tor ap­plied for bail but po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Codie Rowe op­posed bail, say­ing it was a se­ri­ous of­fence and that the ac­cused had a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory.

Mr Rowe told the court Catchinda was on pro­ba­tion at the time of the al­leged of­fence and the pros­e­cu­tion had a strong case against him.

“As out­lined in the ob­jec­tion to bail, the de­fen­dant, when po­lice have ar­rived, made some­what of an ad­mis­sion,” Mr Rowe said.

“Fur­ther … both the vic­tim and two in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses have ob­served the as­sault ( and) pro­vided those state­ments to po­lice. Once the de­fen­dant was ques­tioned, the de­fen­dant has stated to po­lice that the rea­son for his ac­tions, if I can say that Your Hon­our, was that ‘ they smashed my win­dow and ta­ble. I tried to call the po­lice’, some­what pro­vid­ing an ex­pla­na­tion as to his be­hav­iour.”

Mr Rowe said the stab wound went through the vic- tim’s lung and an X- ray showed in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

“It’s a se­ri­ous ex­am­ple of that type of of­fence of griev­ous bodily harm,” he said. “It can be de­scribed as a his­tory of street level of­fend­ing but Your Hon­our can see that through­out the five- page his­tory, there are some more se­ri­ous of­fences.”

Mag­is­trate Scott Lux­ton de­nied bail, say­ing that even though Catchinda was will­ing to com­ply with strict con­di­tions, he had to con­sider the se­ri­ous na­ture of the al­leged of­fence and his his­tory.

“I be­lieve the de­fen­dant rep­re­sents an un­ac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences and in that in­stance bail is re­fused,” he said.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Au­gust 23.

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