Man who allegedly stabbed a family member outside Wodonga police station was suffering from mental health issues, court hears

EVIDENCE: Investigators only had to step outside their own Wodonga police station on Friday to examine the crime scene of the alleged stabbing. Picture: MARK JESSER
EVIDENCE: Investigators only had to step outside their own Wodonga police station on Friday to examine the crime scene of the alleged stabbing. Picture: MARK JESSER

The man who allegedly stabbed a family member outside Wodonga police station on Good Friday was suffering from mental health issues, a court has heard.

Luke Williams appeared in Wodonga Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to face charges from the incident, including attempted murder.

Dressed in a blue FILA hoodie, the 37-year-old appeared calm and spoke to his mother and other supporters in the courtroom before magistrate David Faram entered the room.

He appeared to have a small cut on his forehead.

Police arrested Williams on Friday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed another man, believed to be a family member, once in the abdomen.

The victim was treated for the knife wound at the scene before bring transported to Albury Hospital by ambulance.

Investigators said Williams, who was travelling in a red Ford ute, followed the victim to the station before allegedly assaulting him.

Williams will remain in custody after he did not apply for bail on Tuesday, but did agree to an interim intervention order to protect the alleged victim from any further violence until the next court hearing.

The order was consented to without any admissions Williams committed the crime.

Barrister Sally Wilson said Williams identified as Aboriginal and his case was being run by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

She said he had been without his zyprexa medication, taken for mental health issues, in the four days since his arrest.

“My client has been diagnosed with bipolar and also paranoid schizophrenia,” Ms Wilson said.

“He hasn’t been receiving that medication since he's been in custody.”

Williams faced charges of attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury, assault with a weapon and conduct endangering life.

The case was adjourned until July, but will have to be transferred to the County Court to be resolved, possibly later in the year.

Speaking at the crime scene on Friday, Detective Acting Sergeant Justin Foots said it was worrying such a serious crime had occurred in front of the station.

“It is concerning, it’s not something we see on a regular basis,” he said.

“The victim was coming to us for protection.”