Man stabbed in domestic dispute

A MAN, believed to be aged in his 20s, will appear in court today charged over a stabbing in Toormina yesterday.

It is alleged the man, of African descent, stabbed another young male during a domestic dispute that got out of hand in Nariah Crescent. Police were called to the home at 9.10am and upon arrival found a man lying in the driveway of the home with a stab wound to his lower back.

“He was found to be suffering a deep puncture wound and was treated by ambulance officers at the scene, before being conveyed to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with injuries, which were not life threatening,” Coffs Clarence duty officer Inspector Dave Vandergriend said.

Forensic police were seen to recover a pair of scissors, which were discarded on the roadway near the house as evidence.

In a hunt to find the suspect, police patrolled the area, stopping the man for questioning in Aleena Drive shortly after 9.30am.

He was arrested and taken into custody.

After an extensive interview, detectives charged him yesterday afternoon with wound with intent under new domestic violence laws.

Nariah Crescent resident Garth Howard, who was gardening at the time of the dispute, reported hearing an argument, before seeing the suspect flee the scene.

“I heard some yelling up the road and came back inside to get some other tools for gardening then I noticed a couple of blokes having a heated argument and then one walking down the road,” Mr Howard said.

Witnesses at the scene say the victim was able to walk to the ambulance when treated yesterday.

Police will today serve the court with a version of events gathered from witnesses.

Investigating officers said yesterday the motive for the attack was still being investigated.

It is known, however, that a scuffle broke out between the men and a vehicle parked in the driveway showed signs of damage, including two flat tyres and a broken side mirror.

The man was last night held in police custody and will today appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court.

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