Man allegedly stabbed in the chest to be cross-examined
The man who was allegedly stabbed multiple times in the chest by a Roma teenager in broad daylight outside the police station will be cross-examined next month.
The matter of then 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was adjourned until April 1 after Leslee Reed, town agent for KLM Solicitors, told the court the prosecution consented to having the complainant cross-examined.
Ms Reed advised Magistrate Peter Saggers in the Roma Children’s Court on Monday, March 15, that her client was in regular contact with his legal representatives and was currently residing with his mother.
In the last court sitting on March 2, Magistrate Saggers said the matter had been in the solicitor’s hands for some time and the case needed to “hurry along”.
In light of that, police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting said the cross-examination should only take an hour and the matter should progress quickly.
“I have advised the arresting officer of the day and will check the availability of the complainant,” sergeant Whiting said.
“It should only take an hour as it’s quite a narrow cross-examination.”
The alleged stabbing happened on August 18, 2020, near the Roma Police Station on Conroy St.
The victim was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Police located the alleged offender on Major and McDowall St shortly after the incident.
He was charged with one count of grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place.
The teenager is currently out on bail.
Magistrate Saggers adjourned the matter until 11am on April 1 for a committal hearing.
The defendant was excused and his bail was enlarged.