Witness: accused admitted stabbing

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2013

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The New Plymouth man accused of stabbing a man in the eye with a steak knife confessed to another person what he had done, a jury has heard.

Wallace Edwards, 33, denies he wounded Stan Tuhou on July 2 last year with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

Edwards says Tuhou was the aggressor and Tuhou got the steak knife in his eye when Edwards grappled with him and defended himself.

Yesterday witness Allan Tynan, described by the Crown as the only sober man at the party in Euclid St New Plymouth that night, said he was walking back to the party flat - his home - after visiting his sister.

Mr Tynan said he passed Edwards near the bridge on Parsons St as he walked quickly in the opposite direction.

"Wallace said he'd stabbed Stan and he was going home to wait for the police," Mr Tynan said.

When Mr Tynan got home, he saw Stan had indeed been stabbed and Warren Cowley was holding toilet paper over the bleeding wound.

"Everyone else was having a freak-out," Mr Tynan said.

Mr Tynan said he didn't tell police about Edwards' confession in his first statement but after having a "life-changing experience" after falling off a bus and spending three days in hospital, he thought he should tell the truth. He gave police a second statement.

"I thought this could have killed me and I'd better come clean."

To defence counsel Kylie Pascoe, Mr Tynan agreed Edwards did not go into details as to how the stabbing happened.

"He didn't seem to be very good about it."

Edwards' partner, Rangi Wilson, also known as Vendetta, told how there was tension between Edwards and Mr Tuhou when they arrived at the party but then they made up.

The tension was caused by Ms Wilson receiving a split lip and a black eye at another party at Banks St about a week previously when she got in between Stan Tuhou and his partner Melissa Paranihi who were fighting.

"Him and Melissa got into a fight. I stood between them and took the punch," she said.

Everyone at that party had been drunk on home brew, she said.

She got medical attention and stitches in the wound but "I didn't press charges", Ms Wilson said.

Ms Wilson said Mr Tuhou and Ms Paranihi often fought.

At the Banks St party, Ms Paranihi was chasing Mr Tuhou around.

"Stanley was bottled by Melissa. She was chasing him around the house."

The trial is expected to finish today when the jury will retire to consider its verdict.

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