Not guilty plea in bush knife incident

Friday September 25, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

A man involved in an argument at the Vaka Shed beside Trader Jacks a month ago has pleaded not guilty.

He has been granted name suppression by the High Court to protect his job and business.

Defence lawyer Norman George said they were electing a trial by judge and jury.

George earlier argued that his client was protecting the canoe shed that night.

It was after 2am on August 15 that an incident took place outside the Vaka Shed and heightened from yelling and arguments to bush knives being presented.

Police had earlier said that the incident occurred when the man tried to chase out a small group of people from the Vaka Shed.

The report further said that the female accused had acted in retaliation against the man with a bush knife. She got her own knife and came back to the scene but was apprehended by police before she could do anything. 

And another man who is alleged to have intervened received a cut to the forearm during the fight.

The man, who faces charges of wounding with intent, has no previous convictions, while the female who allegedly retaliated is charged with carrying an offensive weapon in a public place.

A date for the trial is to be confirmed by the Court Registrar.

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