Murder trial told of drunken knife fight
A TOWNSVILLE man is on trial after allegedly stabbing a man in the face with a knife after a night of drinking.
Peter Nardoo entered a plea of not guilty in Townsville District Court yesterday to wounding Lyle Hill.
Crown prosecutor Will Slack told the court Nardoo went to Mr Hill’s and his partner Cathleen Bulsey’s Vincent home on July 9 last year to drink.
He said the couple were having an argument when Nardoo became involved and started to argue with Mr Hill.
The two men allegedly agreed to go outside for a “fair fight”. The fight ended and they returned inside.
“By this stage of the night, everyone was starting to get a bit drunk. After some time, Lyle noticed that ( Nardoo) was still angry at him,” Mr Slack told the court.
Mr Slack said Nardoo threatened to “get” Mr Hill, who responded by going to get a knife to warn him off. He said Ms Bulsey intervened before he got the knife.
“Suddenly the defendant was on his feet and a struggle ensued between Lyle and the defendant,” he said.
“The defendant was on top of Lyle and he was slashing at him with a knife ... The defendant stabbed Lyle on the left side of his face with the knife.”
Mr Slack said Nardoo stood up and ran from the house.
He said when police arrived, an officer noted Mr Hill had blood on his face, chest and shoulders. Pink flesh was poking out from a wound on his face.
“( An officer) attended the defendant’s house and he located the defendant asleep on the couch under the house,” Mr Slack said.
He said police saw red stains on Nardoo’s shorts.
The trial is expected to continue tomorrow.