THE man accused of stabbing his friend at Whitfield last month is expected to be released on bail next week.
Jonathon Kemp, 47, has been in custody since being charged with entering the King Valley Road home of Trevor Grimshaw on the morning of August 27 and stabbing him 28 times.
Mr Grimshaw was taken to hospital where he was placed in an induced coma and had a section of his lung removed.
He was discharged almost two weeks ago.
Kemp, also of Whitfield, appeared at Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court via video-link yesterday to resume his application for bail.
He first appeared a fortnight ago but the matter was then adjourned as the investigation was ongoing and new evidence was being collected.
Detective Acting Sen-Sgt Kevin Coughlan told magistrate Stella Stuthridge that police had since searched Kemp’s home with his consent and found a pocket knife which the accused claimed to have on him at the time of the attack.
Sen-Sgt Coughlan said the knife was “just sitting there” on the steps of the back verandah, as Kemp described.
Three other knives have been collected from the victim’s home and forensically tested — a paring knife and two folding knives.
The court had previously heard that Kemp went to Mr Grimshaw’s home about 6am and stabbed him in the back with the paring knife.
They wrestled and Kemp grabbed one of the folding knives, belonging to Mr Grimshaw, to stab him again.
Sen Sgt Coughlan said Kemp wanted alcohol and stole a dozen cans of VB from the fridge.
Kemp had claimed Mr Grimshaw attacked first and he had acted in self-defence.
Police initially raised issue with Kemp being granted bail as he lived so close to Mr Grimshaw.
But yesterday Sen-Sgt Coughlan said the victim was now living in Wangaratta.
Mr Grimshaw’s home burnt down in a fire last week — which police have deemed non-suspicious and unrelated.
He has indicated he won’t be returning to Whitfield.
Sen-Sgt Coughlan said that “certainly” alleviated police concerns of Kemp’s risk of reoffending, as would requirements for Kemp’s mental health condition and alcohol use to be monitored.
Kemp’s solicitor, Geoff Clancy, pointed out that the Whitfield police station was about 100 yards from his client’s home.
Mr Clancy added that Kemp was receiving treatment through the Austin repatriation hospital in Melbourne, which he was seeking to confirm would continue to be available to him.
Ms Stuthridge said providing this confirmation was received from the Austin, Kemp “should be in a position to enter bail”.
She ordered Kemp to reappear before the court on Monday.