Stabbing accused released on bail

A  MARYBOROUGH man who allegedly chased a male acquaintance down the street before stabbing him in the arm has been released on bail until his District Court trial.

William James Ritchie Nicol, 27, was charged in August with unlawful wounding after an incident in Maryborough on July 20.

Nicol faced Maryborough Magistrates Court for committal proceedings and did not enter a plea to the charge.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Nicol held a knife against the victim's arm and threatened to stab him at a Maryborough unit.

Sgt Quirk said the victim ran away but Nicol chased him and tripped him over before stabbing him on the left forearm.

The victim managed to walk home and call an ambulance to have his wound stitched up in hospital.

Nicol still lives in Maryborough but is unable to work as a labourer because of a shoulder injury, solicitor Judy Millward said.

He has been reporting to police and complying with a 6pm-5am curfew as part of his bail conditions.

Ms Millward asked for the curfew to be removed but Magistrate John Smith refused.

“I wouldn't have granted bail in the first instance because of the nature of the offence,” Mr Smith said.

Nicol will remain on bail until his District Court trial.



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