BAIL ALTERED: After facing charges of attempted murder, Nicholas Stafford Sharp (left) and co-accused Dean Phelps leave the Lismore Courthouse yesterday with Phelps' father, Robert Phelps (front)
BAIL ALTERED: After facing charges of attempted murder, Nicholas Stafford Sharp (left) and co-accused Dean Phelps leave the Lismore Courthouse yesterday with Phelps' father, Robert Phelps (front) Northern Star

Witnesses rally to vicious Bay attack

THE Crown continues to track down witnesses in its case against Ocean Shores security officer Nicholas Stafford Sharp, who is charged with attempted murder after being accused of stomping on the head of a Pottsville man as he lay injured on a Byron Bay footpath.

Sharp, 27, who is on $100,000 bail put up by his father - builder Malcolm Sharp - had his bail varied in Lismore Local Court yesterday to allow him to enter licensed premises on July 22 and 23.

An additional bail condition was ordered by Magistrate Michael Dakin that Sharp must not be in the company of his two co-accused, Dean Phelps, 25, and Lee Funnell, 26, in public in NSW between 10pm and 4am.

Sharp is charged with the attempted murder of Dallas Arnold outside The Great Northern Hotel at 10.50pm on March 7; with affray - being one of three people using violence to cause fear; and with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Phelps, from Suffolk Park, a physiotherapy student who also lives at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, appeared in court charged with assault causing bodily harm to Nathan Splatt at Byron Bay on March 7; affray - using violence toward Dallas Arnold and Nathan Spratt; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Dallas Arnold.

Funnell, from Brunswick Heads, did not appear in court and is charged with affray; assault causing bodily harm; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The Crown's legal representative said it was still gathering evidence from witnesses to the assault who had been outside the hotel, although most statements had been obtained.

The Crown said the assaults were witnessed by many people and there are ongoing discussions with lawyers of the three accused men. It was also revealed there had been 'difficulties' putting CCTV footage of the incident on to a disk, with the lawyers and the Crown having to go to Byron Bay police station to view it. Phelps, represented by lawyer Simon Priestley, successfully applied to have his bail conditions varied after stating daily reporting conditions impacted on his 'emotional health' and social life, particularly with a girlfriend in Melbourne. Their matters were adjourned to August.


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