Stabbing 'filmed on phone'
TWO teenage girls and a 20-year-old man from Casino had ‘taken turns’ to stab a man six times and also filmed the violent attack on their mobile phones in the car park of a tourist lookout near Kyogle before rolling him over an embankment.
Shane Hurst, 20, is accused of first stabbing the 21-year-old Casino man before handing the knife to a girl aged 17, and then to Lyndsey Jane Pankhurst, 19, of Theresa Creek, in the attack at the Border Loop Lookout at Cougal just before midnight last Friday.
All three are charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder; wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; and taking and driving the man’s motor vehicle – a white BMW.
The girl, 17, appeared in the Lismore Children’s Court and cannot be named.
Pankhurst was granted $20,000 bail with strict conditions that she live with her parents and report daily to Casino police.
Magistrate Robyn Denes said it was essentially placing the young woman under ‘house arrest’, although Pankhurst was allowed to continue attending her place of work.
Prosecutor Sgt Peter Costin-Neilsen had opposed bail and said a knife had been found that helped substantiate the allegations.
He said Pankhurst had seemed to play a major part in the matter, with all three rolling the injured victim over an embankment in the belief he was ‘either dead or would be soon after’.
In police facts before the court, it was revealed the trio ‘blamed’ the victim after a purchase of amphetamines fell through in Brisbane.
The group was believed to have been returning from Brisbane to Casino in the man’s BMW when an argument took place in the car park of the lookout on the NSW/Queensland border.
Queensland police earlier that night stopped the BMW on the Mount Lindesay Highway and booked the driver for a speeding offence.
Hurst is accused of stabbing the man in the back before repeatedly kicking him in the head and breaking his jaw.
After the three accused each stabbed the victim he was told he would be ‘dead soon and the pain will stop’.
The trio then dragged the victim across the car park before throwing him down an embankment, police say.
As the man was being stabbed and assaulted police allege the three accused were taking photos of him on their mobile phones.
Defence lawyer for Pankhurst, Ben Cochrane, said his client had been very co-operative with police, while the other two accused had offered ‘a story’ to police that they had not been there.
He said Pankhurst was already assisting police in the matter and her case could result in a plea.
Mr Cochrane said his client had blacked out and could not remember stabbing the man. Ms Denes replied it was ‘convenient’.
Hurst chose to stay in the police cells and not appear before the magistrate.
The matters were adjourned to June.