Party erupts as man stabbed
A PALM Island man’s 18th birthday erupted in violence when he drunkenly stabbed another man in retaliation for an attack on his sister.
Shane Parker was stabbed in the back twice with a knife and had to be flown to Townsville Hospital for surgery on his collapsed lung.
Harry Friday, 18, pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court yesterday to two counts of grievous bodily harm, unlawfully entering a car, obstructing police and attempted burglary.
Crown prosecutor Jodie Crane said on December 10 last year, Friday and Mr Parker were at a Palm Island party.
Friday’s sister told him Mr Parker had hit her in the head with a bar.
“At about 6.30am the following morning, after everyone had been drinking at this party, essentially all day and all night, ( Friday) approached ( Mr Parker) and asked why he hit his sister,” Ms Crane said.
“The two of them began to fight. The fight was initially a fair one, with each trading blows with their fists.”
Ms Crane said at one point Friday fell over and the fight ended. Two males approached Mr Parker and tried to fight him.
As that was happening, Friday came back and stabbed Mr Parker in the back with a “fairly decent sized knife”.
When police arrived, they described the scene as “a hundred people drunk and fighting”.
Ms Crane said Mr Parker was sentenced to 15 months jail for the attack on Friday’s sister.
Defence barrister Scott Geeves said Friday and Mr Parker had been living in the same residential block at Townsville Correctional Centre.
“They’ve been able to coexist, as it were, together without any issue,” he said.
Ms Crane said at the time of the stabbing, Friday had been on bail for another grievous bodily harm charge, committed on February 1 last year.
Friday had been drinking at a party all night when he kinghit then continued to punch another man at 6.30am.
“( The victim) went to hospital and was treated for a broken jaw,” Ms Crane said.
Hours after that attack, Friday and a co- offender searched through a car parked outside PCYC, then tried to break into a snack bar.
Mr Geeves said Friday had a difficult upbringing, but had been a promising boxer.
He mostly abstained from drinking, apart from on the nights of the attacks.
“He is finding out today, the hard way, that alcohol doesn’t agree with him. It’s not for him and he should shy away from it for the rest of his life,” he said.
Judge Gregory Lynham adjourned the matter to tomorrow for sentencing.