Stabbing-accused was on supervision

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 13:23 26/03/2013
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X-RAY: This x-ray shows the 9cm blade in Sam Doyle's head after he was stabbed.
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KIRK HARGREAVES
MIRACLE: Sam Doyle, 20, survived a 9cm blade wound to the head after being stabbed outside a party.

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A Christchurch man accused of stabbing a man in the head has been granted electronically monitored bail.

Nivard Juan Caine Smith, 20,  is accused of stabbing Sam Doyle, also 20, with a 9-centimetre blade outside a party in Flockton St, St Albans, on February 16.

The court heard Smith was on a sentence of intensive supervision when the alleged stabbing occurred.

He still has a year to go for that sentence. He was also on a youth-offender course.

Doyle has double vision as a result of the injury, but the blade missed his eyeball and optic nerve.

Judge Gary MacAskill told Smith he faced a "substantial period of imprisonment" if he was convicted of the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Smith's lawyer said Smith had never been imprisoned before, and his time in custody while on remand had been "significant for him".

He did not enter a plea for Smith but suggested a trial was likely to be some time away.

Contrary to some allegations, Smith did not take the knife to the party, his lawyer said.

Police have opposed bail because of the potential for Smith to affect the investigation by associating with witnesses.

Some witnesses had yet to be interviewed, but the bulk of the investigation was complete.

Judge MacAskill noted Smith had previous convictions for breach of bail.

He took into account the wishes of Doyle "not to have anything to do with" Smith and fears for his personal safety if Smith was granted bail. 

He also took into consideration Smith's age and the time that had lapsed since the alleged incident.

"On balance, I'm prepared to grant bail ... on strict conditions."

Smith was remanded on bail to a post-committal conference on April 19.

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