Court hears of trio's 'callous' act
A CASINO trio acted in a "callous" manner when they stabbed a man and left him bleeding and isolated in bushland north of Kyogle before taking his car.
That was how a Crown prosecutor described the actions of Lyndsey Jane Pankhurst, Shane Michael Hurst and girl who was 17 years old at the time of the offence and cannot be named for legal reasons, in Lismore District Court yesterday.
The trio sat with their heads bowed, some wiping away tears, and endured the first day of their sentencing hearing after they pleaded guilty to stabbing Jarrod McShane, 23, on April 10, 2010, at a lookout on Lions Rd, Cougal.
The accused are all charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The court heard the stabbing was sparked by a drug deal in Brisbane gone wrong and that Mr McShane was blamed.
The Crown said Hurst was the "prime mover" in the stabbing and the one that felt the consequences of the failed drug deal the most.
The juvenile female stabbed Mr McShane two or three times in the back and Pankhurst stabbed the victim once, but was involved in kicking him in the head. Mr McShane was then rolled off an embankment into bushland before the three offenders took off in the victim's white BMW.
The Crown said the offenders may consider themselves fortunate they were not facing a more serious charge. He said it was unlikely the attack was spontaneous.
Defence barrister Peter O'Connor cross-examined Hurst's father, Larry Paul Hurst, who said his son had a drug problem he had recovered from since he spent two months in jail.
"He feels very sorry ... for the victim and his family for what he put them through," he said.
The matter continues today.