Man stabbed, trio charged after caravan park melee

Three people involved in an alleged altercation that culminated in a stabbing at a Dubbo caravan park on Thursday morning have been granted bail.

Police were called to the Poplars Caravan Park on the corner of Bultje and Bligh Streets just after 1am following reports of a disturbance involving two groups of people.

The cause of the melee is unknown.

It will be alleged that, after some back-and-forth between the feuding parties, a man from one group was stabbed by a man from the other group, with the victim requiring hospital treatment in the aftermath to the incident

Two of the three people charged by police appeared before Magistrate Gary Wilson in Dubbo Local Court on Thursday afternoon.

Matthew Perrin, 29, faced one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

During his bail application, Mr Perrin’s solicitor Kevin Hockey told the court his client’s partner and children were in their caravan at the time of the incident, and that a door had been ripped off its hinges.

He conceded Mr Perrin was armed with a knife at the time but submitted to the court it was his belief that there was a strong motive of self defence.

Police prosecutor Edward Knight opposed the application, outlining the gravity of the offence while conceding there was an element of self defence involved.

Despite indicating the serious nature of the offence and the likelihood of a custodial sentence is found guilty, Magistrate Wilson granted bail on the condition that Mr Perrin not go near or contact the other people charged in relation to the incident.

Sonia Maree Anderson appeared on a single charge of affray, with police alleging that between 1am and 1.30am she used unlawful violence that would cause a person present to fear for his/her safety.

Bail was applied for and not opposed.

The matters involving both Mr Perrin and Ms Anderson were adjourned until May 16, with a brief of evidence ordered to be completed by May 9.

The alleged stabbing victim, Anthony Williams, presented himself to Dubbo Police Station on Thursday afternoon after being released from hospital.

He was charged with affray and given police bail, meaning he didn’t have to front court.

His first appearance is set down for June 6.