Court told man stabbed after argument over pizza box

FRENCH tourist Stephan Paul Lucien Rey faced Proserpine Magistrates Court yesterday morning after he allegedly stabbed his younger brother twice with a knife during an argument over a pizza box.

Rey, 29, made no application for bail and was remanded in custody until Monday morning's sitting of Proserpine Magistrate's Court.

Standing barefoot in the courtroom, the Frenchman appeared to have trouble understanding the unlawful wounding charge brought against him.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist asked how Rey's younger brother was faring.

"The injuries, at first blush, appear quite serious, involving a strike to the chest and quite a significant puncture wound to the abdomen," Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said.

The incident occurred around 1pm on Wednesday at a caravan park in Bowen.

Rey's brother was taken by the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital.

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Yesterday he was in a stable condition.

Ms Smith submitted that she had tried as best she could to explain to Rey what was going on, and that bail was opposed based on the seriousness of the offence.

"There is no history upon which we can rely but there is an issue of the defendant being somewhat itinerant, residing in a caravan park in Bowen with no indication as to where he is going next," she said.

Ms Smith also said that police held concerns Rey could interfere with the witness if he were to be released on bail.

Originally from the south of France, Rey told the court that he was eight months into his working holiday in Australia and was employed as a tomato picker.

Citing language difficulties, Rey asked for the matter to be adjourned until Monday morning, when an interpreter and duty lawyer would be present to talk through the matter with him.

"There's no application for bail, you're remanded in custody until Monday morning," Mr Stjernqvist said yesterday.



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