DPP looks to the video in stabbing case



VIDEO footage is being called on to link a prisoner to the alleged stabbing of a fellow inmate at the Grafton Correctional Centre in April.

The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is hoping results of DNA tests and video evidence of the alleged attack will strengthen its case against Bilal Razzak.

Razzak, 23, was charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with serious intent after inmate Carl Pickett was allegedly stabbed on April 18 this year.

Yesterday, prosecutors asked the case be held over in Grafton Local Court until November 7 as work was carried out to enhance video footage of the alleged incident.

Magistrate Chris Bone questioned whether the video footage would be admissible as evidence in the DPP's case, but agreed to hold the case over. The court heard results of the DNA tests had been obtained but were yet to be forwarded to prosecutors.

Razzak was excused from appearing in court yesterday because he had since been transferred to the Lithgow Correctional Centre.

In a twist to the case, a co-accused was called into court to face charges of helping Razzak carry out the alleged attack.

Marcus Kenneth Buchanan, 22, entered the court dressed in a green t-shirt and faded blue shorts to face charges of hindering the discovery of evidence and being an accessory after the fact.

Grafton detectives charged Buchanan on September 5 for throwing the weapon alleged to have been used in the attack into a prison bin. He will re-appear in court on November 7.



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