THE Whitfield man accused of stabbing his friend 28 times was yesterday released on bail.
Jonathon Kemp, 47, had been in custody since being charged with attacking fellow Whitfield resident Trevor Grimshaw on August 27.
He was released on a number of conditions, including that he does not drink alcohol.
Kemp must also report to the Whitfield police station as required and obey lawful direction from the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, where he had been receiving treatment for mental health concerns.
It is alleged Kemp, Mr Grimshaw and other friends had been drinking heavily the night before the attack.
Kemp then allegedly went to Mr Grimshaw’s home about 6am and stabbed him in the back with a paring knife.
The two men wrestled and Kemp grabbed a folding knife belonging to Mr Grimshaw to stab him again.
Mr Grimshaw was stabbed 28 times in total — he had to be put in an induced coma and had half a lung removed.
Police had originally opposed Kemp’s application for bail as he lived so close to Mr Grimshaw, and due to concerns for his mental health and alcohol use.
However, Mr Grimshaw’s home burnt down a fortnight ago — in an unrelated, non-suspicious fire — and he indicated he would not be returning to Whitfield.
Detective Sen-Sgt Kevin Coughlan said last week that “certainly alleviated” concerns about Kemp’s risk of reoffending, as did conditions monitoring his mental health and drinking habits.
Kemp’s bail hearing was adjourned last week to allow confirmation be received from the Austin Hospital that his treatment would continue.
Kemp was ordered to reappear before Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court on December 12.