Man charged after stabbing on Banna Avenue on New Year's Day

A fight on Banna Avenue in the early hours of New Year’s Day has led to man being stabbed in the back.

About 2.00am on Friday a 28-year-old man was at a hotel on Banna Avenue when he was confronted by a 24-year-old man he knew. They left the hotel and walked toward the intersection of Banna Avenue and Kooyoo Street where a fight broke out.

Inspector Kim Traynor from Griffith Local Area Command said “during this altercation it was alleged the 24-year-old struck the older man in the back”. Two other men also became involved in the fight.

“The older man noticed that the 24-year-old man was holding a knife and walked away east on Banna Avenue,” Inspector Traynor said.

“As he walked away, he noticed his back felt cold.  

“He sought assistance from ambulance and police who were in Banna Avenue, where it was found that he had a small stab wound to his back.”

The injured man was taken to Griffith Base Hospital for treatment.

The 24-year-old was sighted by police in Banna Avenue a short time later. A foot pursuit took place, with the man being arrested in Canal Street after jumping in the canal.

“The 24-year-old male was conveyed to Griffith Police Station and later charged with malicious wounding,” she said.

He was refused bail to appear at Griffith Local Court on Saturday January 2.

“We believe that there may have been a number of witnesses in the area and we are appealing for them to contact Griffith Police Station on 6969 4299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Inspector Traynor said.

“Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

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