50 witnesses to alleged daylight murder
AS MANY as 50 witnesses could give evidence in the case against a man accused of a fatal stabbing in broad daylight in Murwillumbah's Knox Park last year
James Paul Alderton, 23, is alleged to have stabbed father of four Charlie Larter, Mr Larter's teenage son Zackary and another man, Joshua Mead, during a brawl between noon and 2pm on June 6.
Mr Larter senior, who later died, had been celebrating his 46th birthday.
Mr Alderton stands accused of murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and one count of larceny in relation to the alleged theft of a $30 kitchen knife from a nearby Coles just before the incident.
He has yet to enter a plea.
He has been refused bail since his arrest on June 6 last year, and was excused from appearing today during a mention in Lismore Local Court before Magistrate David Heilpern.
The court heard that prosecutors and the defence are still in negotiations over which witnesses should be called to give evidence in the case.
Many of the eye witnesses were understood to be caught up the melee.
"This is a case where there are approximately 50 witnesses to the alleged homicide," DPP prosecutor Alanna Coxon told the court.
At least 15 of those witnesses would be called to give evidence at Mr Alderton's committal hearing in the Local Court.
The court heard the defence had made submissions for two more witnesses to appear and Ms Coxon said the DPP needed about three weeks to respond.
The matter will not proceed to a committal hearing until either both parties can agree on the witnesses to give evidence or a magistrate makes a ruling to that effect.
Magistrate Heilpern adjourned the matter to October 18 for a hearing on the matter, if both parties cannot agree.
Mr Alderton is excused from appearing.