Mur­der trial told of drunken knife fight

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

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.

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