Ornamental sword stabbing accused breaches bail conditions
A MAN accused of stabbing his brother with an ornamental samari sword on New Year's Day has appeared in court on charges of breaching his bail conditions.
The court heard Matthew Norris Waterton had failed to report to police on February 11.
When Mr Waterton was granted bail last month, reporting to police was a mandatory part of his bail conditions.
Defense counsel Sarah Laikind said her client had failed to attend that day for a naumber of reasons.
His car battery was flat and he was required to attend to that.
His partner also suffered from recurrent severe migraines, the court heard, and Mr Waterton was required to car for her and the child on that day.
"Reporting completely slipped his mind," Ms Laikind said.
The next day, Mr Waterton had attended the police station where he was given a ntoice to appear.
Magistrate Dennis Beutel told Mr Waterton he was facing a very serious charge in relation to wounding his brother and that the conditions had been imposed "to reduce risk concerns".
He warned Mr Waterton that if he failed to report there was every chance he would be spending time in remand.
"Bail will continue but you must be very careful in the future," Magistrate Beutel said.