Man accused of plunging chisel into victim’s stomach
A MAN who "plunged" a chisel into the stomach of his victim after allegedly breaking into his house has been denied bail in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
Jeremy Dennis Coman, 21, was charged with one count of breaking and entering and one count of unlawful wounding on July 1.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Lisa Manns said Coman was arrested after police were called to a property following an alleged break and enter and stabbing.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan said on the night of the incident the victim woke up to a noise in house and then saw the defendant outside.
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The victim chased Coman, caught and overpowered him, and after thinking Coman had calmed down he stepped back to call the police.
It was at this point Coman allegedly pulled a chisel from his jumper and lunged towards the victim, "plunging" it into his stomach and wounding him.
Coman's defence lawyer said the case was against his client was not strong and "had flaws".
He said the break and enter charge should be considered trespassing, due to Coman only being sighted outside the house and there was no forensic evidence that he had entered the house.
He said Coman was acting in self-defence when he wounded the victim, but Sergeant Manns said the attack happened after the physical struggle and the victim was standing away from him.
The defence lawyer also said Coman was autistic and had sensory issues, had recently been diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety, and had engaged with mental health support services.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan said the "community needed to be protected from him at this point" and denied Coman's bail application.
The young man hung his head in his hands as he learned he would be remanded in custody until the matter returned to court on August 24.