A Kiewa resident accused of stabbing his grandfather during a fight has been denied bail, with a court told there was "much conflict" in his family.
Mark-John Martyn, 24, had hoped to be bailed to his mother Mandy Martyn's home in Thoona following Sunday night's incident.
The Wodonga Magistrates Court on Wednesday heard the 24-year-old had fought with the 72-year-old victim at his home on Kiewa East Road.
While the older man wasn't a blood relative, he is the partner of Martyn's grandmother and is thought of as his grandfather.
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The 24-year-old told police he had stabbed him twice, in the back and neck, but said it was in self-defence.
The court heard the pair had been fighting after the victim failed to give Martyn a lift into Wodonga.
The 24-year-old allegedly grabbed the steak knife and stabbed the victim from behind as they fought.
He went to hospital and is still recovering from a relatively minor wound.
The court heard Martyn told police it was his grandfather's "job" to take him to Wodonga as he was the adult and had a car.
Martyn's grandmother has an intervention order out against him, which prevented him from even being at the Kiewa East Road home.
Lawyer Mario Vaccaro said his client would plead not guilty to the stabbing related charges.
"He says he has done that in self defence ... the grandfather is a lot bigger, a lot larger," Mr Vaccaro said.
"He grabbed the knife and he's done what he's done .. at the time he just felt that he needed to protect himself."
Mr Vaccaro said Martyn could live with his mum, Mandy, but magistrate Ian Watkins said "there has been a prior matter with his mother".
"It's not painting a picture of a harmonious relationship within the family, is it?" Mr Watkins said.
Mr Vaccaro said his client had experienced a very traumatic upbringing.
"That doesn't make everything OK, but it means he's a troubled person and needs assistance," he said.
Martyn was refused bail and will return to the court on October 8.