Andrew Grant Folwell.
Andrew Grant Folwell.

Man pleads not guilty after stabbing man in head and neck

UPDATE:

FAMILY and friends of Andrew Grant Folwell have given evidence as part of the crown case against him after he stabbed a man multiple times in the head and neck.

Simon Wills received life threatening injuries as a result of the attack, which occurred about 9pm on July 6 last year in the master bedroom at a Marrau Crt residence in Slade Point.

The Supreme Court in Mackay heard yesterday that Mr Wills supplied Folwell's ex-partner Jamie Crutcher with amphetamines and had done so since October 2011.

Ms Crutcher said Mr Wills had come to the house she still shared with Folwell and their two children to deliver drugs.

Ms Crutcher's sister Kristy Crutcher today agreed with her sister's statement and said that to her knowledge Mr Wills, who was also known as "Simmo", was her sister's drug dealer.

While on the stand yesterday, Mr Wills disputed claims that he was supplying drugs to Ms Crutcher or that she was her drug dealer after it was put to him by defence barrister Craig Chowdhury.

Mr Wills said he was at the house because he wanted to arrange a meeting between Ms Crutcher and his girlfriend.

He said he knew Ms Crutcher and Folwell had recently broken up and that she was looking for a place to live, the court heard.

Folwell broke down in the dock when his younger brother Jai Gurr was called to give evidence.

The court heard Jai had texted Folwell that Mr Wills was at the house.

Folwell wasn't at home.

He'd been out pig hunting with his cousin and friends and then went to the pub for a drink.

Several witnesses said Folwell was not a big drinker, and on the night of the incident was very intoxicated.

Kristy Crutcher, who said she was on the bed next to her  sister, when Folwell stabbed Mr Wills said he was silent when the attack occurred.

"It wasn't him (Folwell)… he just looked blank… emotionless," Ms Crutcher said.

Mr Wills had been standing near a set of dresser draws with his back to Folwell, the court heard.

Her sister Jamie had also told the court she didn't hear Folwell say anything during the attack.

Mr Wills yesterday told the court Folwell said he was going to kill him during the attack.

A neighbour said on the night of the incident he heard Folwell yell out his name. "Gavin Gavin… call the police, I've just stabbed him.

"I said, stabbed who.

"He said, Simmo."

Folwell was picked up by family members on Slade Point Rd and taken to the Mackay Police Station, where he surrendered himself.

The court heard he was "hysterical" at the time and he broke down crying on the drive to the police station because he was worried about his children.

Folwell has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and an alternative charge of a malicious act with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Mr Chowdhury said that while there was not dispute that Folwell stabbed Mr Wills, the contention lay in whether he intended to kill him or do grievous bodily harm.

The trial, under Justice Duncan McMeekin, continues this afternoon.

 

EARLIER:

ANDREW Grant Folwell pleaded not guilty to attempted murder after stabbing the man he knew to be his ex-girlfriend's drug dealer in the head and neck, a court heard.

Simon Wills, who is currently incarcerated, yesterday told the Supreme Court in Mackay that Folwell said he was going to kill him.

Mr Wills was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck on July 6 last year in the master bedroom of a Slade Point residence where Folwell lived with his ex-partner Jamie Crutcher and their two children.

"It was a surprise attack... it was a ferocious one... (Mr Wills) had almost no warning," crown prosecutor Josh Phillips said. "(Folwell) blamed Mr Wills for his partner's drug habit."

Ms Crutcher, who was called as a crown witness, told the court that at the time of the attack she was addicted to amphetamines and Mr Wills had been her supplier. On the night of the attack, Mr Wills was at the house to deliver drugs when Folwell came home.

When defence barrister Craig Chowdhury, instructed by Morton Lawyers, suggested Folwell didn't threaten to kill him, Mr Wills became defensive. "(He) wasn't asking me to a tea party," Mr Wills said.

When Mr Chowdhury suggested he had been selling Ms Crutcher drugs since October 2011, Mr Wills said: "Have I got any charges to substantiate this... unless you can pull some charges out (of) your arse."

Folwell also pleaded not guilty to an alternate charge of malicious act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Mr Chowdhury said there was no dispute Folwell stabbed Mr Wills in the head and neck. However, he said the essence of the trial was whether or not Folwell, at that point, was actually intending to kill Mr Wills or cause him grievous bodily harm.

Mr Chowdhury said on the night of the incident Folwell was "grossly intoxicated" and his behaviour "was completely out of character".

The trial, under Justice McMeekin, continues today.



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