Pair plead not guilty over Windale machete attack

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13 Jun 2019

A MAN accused of using a machete to chop a rival’s pinky finger “clean off’ over a $150 ice debt will face a trial in Newcastle District Court.
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Paul Dargan, 23, of Merrigum Street, Windale, appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio visual link from jail where he pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to person with intent and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Asecond count of causing grievous bodily harm to person with intent was withdrawn by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Dargan is accused of charging out from behind a sheet at a home in Balemo Crescent at Windale about 10.30am on June 16 last year and attacking a 26-year-old man with a machete.

The man had allegedly been lured there by Mr Dargan’s co-accused, David Alexander Sharp, 37, with promises a drug buyer was willing to pay over the odds forthree-and-a-half grams of ice.

Mr Dargan is accused of saying: “Where’s the f—ing drugs c—? Do you think I’m f—ing around?”

He then allegedly swung the machete at the victim’s head, who pulled out of the way and put his hand up to shield his face, court documents state.

The machete blade is alleged to have struck the victim’s left hand and chopped his little finger “clean off”.

“The victim saw his little finger land in his lap,” police facts state.

Mr Dargan is also accused of attacking the same man on April 1 last year.

On that occasion the alleged victim was asleep on a lounge at a home in Windale when he was allegedly woken up by Mr Dargan punching him in the back of the head.

Mr Dargan is accused of pulling out a knife and stabbing him in the left and right arms.

The victim refused to co-operate with police after that attack for fears of further ramifications, court documents state.

Police allege the dispute stems from $150 worth of the drug ice owed by the alleged 26-year-old victim to a Windale drug dealer.

Mr Sharp also appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio visual link from jailon Wednesday.

He is accused of “organising and facilitating” the second alleged attack on the 26-year-old man at his Windalehome on June 16.

He pleaded not guilty tocausinggrievous bodily harm to a person with intent and will next appear in Newcastle District Court in April.

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