29yo man to face stabbing charge

A TAMWORTH man will stand trial accused of stabbing another in the chest with a screw driver.

Peter Thomas Jones, 29 has pleaded not guilty to wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after an incident on December 18 last year.

Jones, who is on Supreme Court bail, waived his right to a committal hearing in Tamworth Local Court and will fight the charge when it heads to the district court.

Jones’ solicitor Rae Parker told the court there were discussions about pleading to another charge which were not accepted by the DPP.

“The issue will be intent,” Ms Parker said.

“The matter needs to be committed for trial.”

Jones was allegedly accompanied by a woman when they went to a Robert St unit block late last year. Investigators will allege in court Jones became involved in a verbal altercation with a resident about 8.30am.

A 21-year-old neighbour intervened and asked the pair to leave before a scuffle ensued.

Jones then allegedly used a screwdriver to stab the neighbour once in the chest before he fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Tamworth hospital before he was airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

A brief of evidence has been tendered and magistrate Roger Prowse committed Jones to stand trial on the charge. Jones will remain on bail until a trial date it set.

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