CLOSURE: Lismore stabbing victim Alexis Felstein walks away from court surrounded by family and friends, following the sentencing of her attacker Joseph Carter.
CLOSURE: Lismore stabbing victim Alexis Felstein walks away from court surrounded by family and friends, following the sentencing of her attacker Joseph Carter. Clair Morton

Victim speaks on 20-year sentence for Lismore stabbing

UPDATE, 3.15PM: THE victim of a brutal stabbing which nearly ended her life says she is glad her attacker Joseph Carter will not be able to hurt anyone else, following his sentencing in Grafton District Court today.

"I'm just glad he won't be able to hurt anyone, and that he didn't kill anyone," Alexis Felstein said.

Her parents echoed their daughter's sentiments, with father Paul saying the family was pleased with the judge's verdict.

Mr Felstein said the family finally got the closure they were looking for.

"We wanted a decision that followed the judge's findings, that he disagreed with the mental health defence," Mr Felstein said.

"Since day one he's noted the severity of the offence. He said it was just a very violent and nasty act. (Judge Bennett) obviously listened to the experts but disagrees... with the findings.

"He said they're an opinon, but they weren't there on the evening. I'm just happy for the law to be seen to work.

Mr Felstein also thanked the Department of Public Prosecutions, the doctors who helped Alexis pull through, and Lismore taxi driver Brett Fuller, who is credited with saving her life.

The family confirmed they remained close to Mr Fuller in the years since the incident.

EARLIER: A NORTHERN Rivers man has today been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for the brutal, unprovoked stabbing of a Lismore teenager in 2014.

Leeville man Joseph Carter, now 24, appeared in Grafton District Court this morning for sentencing, after being found guilty of causing wounding and grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and not stopping during a police pursuit.

The charges relate to an attack which took place about 1.20am on November 22, 2014, in which Carter singled out and stabbed 17-year-old victim Alexis Felstein eight times with a filleting knife as she was attempting to walk home.

The pair were not known to each other; the offender later told police and mental health practioners he had been thinking about killing someone for 18 months and left his parents' home south of Casino that night with the express intent to do so.

His victim managed to escape and run to a taxi before taxi driver Brett Fuller drove her to the Lismore Ambulance station and called police.

Carter was later arrested by police in Casino, after a pursuit through the town's CBD which ended with him crashing his car into a garden wall.

During the two-hour sentencing, Judge James Bennett SC acknowledged that a diagnosis of schizophrenia and depression had contributed to his actions on the night and reduced his moral culpability.

He said, however, that certain actions conflicted with accounts of his mental state, including the fact that he ran away from police despite saying he was trying to end his life by crashing his car.

It was also noted that Carter, who said he wanted to kill someone who was alone, made no attempt to harm a service station attendant he encountered prior to the attack or the taxi driver who came to his victim's aide.

The 24-year-old man, who appeared in court via AVL did not react as he was sentenced to 20 years, with a non-parole period of 12 years, for the attempted murder.

For driving dangerously, he was convicted and sentenced to one year, four months.

He will be eligible for parole on November 21, 2026.



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