Stabbed man left living on edge
A BOATIE who was stabbed in a frenzied attack says he and his mother are living in fear because police have not charged the attacker.
Juven Darcy, 30, says police arrested the knifewielding man on the night of the incident on Thursday last week but let him go within 12 hours, with the man returning to live in the area.
Mr Darcy, who lives on a houseboat in the Broadwater with his mum, says the ordeal began when he saw an unsecured runabout in the water and tied it up to his boat, thinking he was doing a good deed.
But instead of a thank you, he was stabbed.
“I’m on a houseboat here at Wavebreak Island and during the day I found a boat floating around in the Broadwater so I went out in my boat, brought it back and tied it up so it wouldn’t get lost or get stolen or anything like that,” he said. “We all do that out here. “And it was obviously this guy’s boat and instead of just coming over and speaking to me he came over with a weapon at night, called me outside where I was alone and then started stabbing me.
“It was unprovoked, there was no reason for it.”
He said the kicking and stabbing continued until his 53-year-old mother, hearing her son’s screams, emerged from the houseboat.
She too was attacked, as well as a neighbour who went to their aid.
“I knew I’d been stabbed straight away because I could feel the blood gushing out,” Mr Darcy said.
“I had fallen to the ground and was lying in water so cold I could feel the warm blood from my lower back.
“He was kicking me in the face and body.
“My mum heard me screaming and came outside, so he ran and attacked my mum around the other side of the boat.
“She got a knife to the knee and has bruising across her face and chest from where she had been punched.
“Then a mate who heard everything ran over from another boat and he was trying to hold on to my wounds, trying to stop the blood and keep me warm because I was shaking.
“He said the guy kicked him in the face and knocked a tooth straight out of his mouth.”
No charges have been laid. Police have confirmed they have taken statements and are investigating.
But Mr Darcy said with the attacker knowing where he lived, he feared for his family’s safety.
“He knows where I live,” he said.
“He hasn’t been told to move or anything.
“I’ve been staying awake every night because I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“I’ve been staying awake just looking out the window making sure nobody comes back because I’ve got my family here.
“I can’t let anything happen to them.
“I haven’t been leaving the house because I’m scared I’ll come back and it’s on fire.”
Mr Darcy said he was applying for a protection order and had been contacting police regularly for an update.
“I assumed they would do that at the police station,” he said.
“I called again and they just said nothing has changed.
“Charge him with something and get him away from us. I was stabbed in the back, something should have been done by now.”
Juven Darcy was stabbed at the Broadwater over the weekend.