A Te Puke man accused of
stabbing three other men with a knife claims he was only
protecting himself after receiving threats he would be killed
and being beaten with a hockey stick.
Gurcharan Singh, 37, on trial in Tauranga District Court, has
denied one count each of common assault, wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm, and two charges of wounding
with reckless disregard for the safety of others.
The charges stem from a stabbing incident on July 27, 2012 at
Singh's and one of his victim's home in Boucher Ave, Te Puke.
Manjinder Singh, 30, who was stabbed with such force it
fracture a rib and almost split his kidney, earlier told the
court it was an unprovoked attack which occurred after the
accused became angry over dinner not being ready. The other
two men were stabbed when they tried to grab the knife, he
Yesterday, the accused told the jury the argument was
instigated by Manjinder Singh who was angry at him for
interfering in a dispute over an associate's decision to
leave a job made possible by Manjinder Singh's boss, Yawinder
Yawinder Singh said he hit the accused with the hockey stick
to disarm him after he stabbed his colleague and denied
making threats to kill.
Defence lawyer Glenn Dixon told the jury they would also hear
from the accused's flatmates whose evidence confirmed his
client's version of events.
The trial continues today.
- By Sandra Conchie of
the Bay of Plenty Times