Court rules alleged Wodonga police station stabber too dangerous to release

STRONG CASE: Police investigation the crime scene right outside their own station on Good Friday.
STRONG CASE: Police investigation the crime scene right outside their own station on Good Friday.

A man who allegedly chased his victim to Wodonga police station and still stabbed him in the stomach has been deemed too dangerous to release on bail.

Luke Williams, 36, has been in custody since his arrest on April 14 and appeared in front of Wodonga Magistrates Court this week asking to be released from custody to continue drug treatment.

Police allege the victim drove to the police station as Williams tried to cut him off on along Hovell Street and was stabbed when he got out of the car to run.

The wound was 20 centimetres deep and only non-fatal because the knife hit his ribs.

Williams allegedly told police during his interview “yes I wanted to kill him, I would’ve kept stabbing him but he kept running away”.

He allegedly tested positive for drug use.

The court heard the victim was not against Williams being granted bail, as long as he received treatment, but Detective Senior Constable Ray Causer said the risk of another offence was too great.

Barrister Timothy Fitzpatrick said his client was back taking his required medication for mental health issues.

“He looks in a much better state today,” he said.

Williams broke down in tears in court when family members in the witness box pledged support for him.

Magistrate Peter Mithen said the stabbing was a serious crime and the police had a strong case as it was captured on CCTV.

“He does have plenty of support from his family in the community,” he said.

“I’m not satisfied that the risk of releasing Mr Williams today is an acceptable risk.”

The case was adjourned until January.