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Witnesses recall fatal stabbing

Caleb Jarrett suffered a fatal stab wound two years ago.
Caleb Jarrett suffered a fatal stab wound two years ago.

NAMBUCCA Heads residents have told a jury what they know of the night teenager Caleb Jarrett, 18, suffered fatal stab wounds in Mann St, two years ago.

On the stand in the Supreme Court, police witnesses said they saw a group of young males in the neighbourhood on the night of February 14, 2009.

One resident said he heard a commotion in the street and saw the youths damaging a public telephone box outside shops in Mann St.

He also said he heard a vehicle skid its tyres on the roadway and an engine revving loudly.

A resident in Centenary Parade, who was watching television in his lounge room, said he saw a group of about eight to 10 young males walk past his home.

He also recalled hearing a feuding couple nearby involved in an argument.

A short time later police lights were visible in the street.

The court heard by that time Caleb Jarrett had been rushed to hospital suffering eight stabs wounds, including one to the heart, which the post mortem found proved fatal.

Mitchell Anthony Winefield, 45, is the man on trial charged with his murder.

Crown prosecutors are seeking to prove he inflicted the wounds after he and Caleb crossed paths and became involved in a fight.

The crown has told the jury the accused was reversing his vehicle around 11.45pm when Caleb walked past his Mann St home, swung his hand at the 4WD and yelled at the driver.

Winefield, a local auto electrician, allegedly got out and walked towards the teenager and a fight ensued.

Prosecutors say one of Caleb’s friend’s told detectives he saw Winefield carrying a knife as he left the scene of the fight.

The court heard Caleb collapsed to the ground, shortly after, and his shirt was lifted revealing a large slash wound to his stomach.

Later, police investigating the incident saw Winefield’s Nissan Patrol in Pioneer Street, 700 metres from the scene.

He allegedly had a black handled pocket knife in his possession and handed it over to officers when questioned.

A police forensic investigator told the jury, he found blood inside Winefield’s home and on the front steps and verandah of the premises.

After his arrest, Winefield underwent surgery for a wound to his hand in hospital.

The trial before Justice Fullerton continues in the Coffs Harbour Courthouse today.


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