Alleged slasher had a samurai sword behind his bed

A MARYVALE man accused of slashing two teens with a samurai sword has claimed he acted in self defence.

Warwick Magistrates Court heard yesterday 54-year-old David Frank Bate allegedly injured a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy with a 25cm samurai sword after he claimed he woke to the pair inside his house at 1am Sunday.

Bate appeared before Magistrate Graham Lee yesterday on four charges: two counts of common assault, one count of unlawful wounding and one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Defence lawyer Geoff Hobson told the magistrate Bate acted in self defence.

"My client has had his house broken into before," Mr Hobson told the court.

"He said he was awoken and found two people in his room. He then said he picked up the sword from behind his bed in self defence."

Mr Hobson also refuted the police report which suggested Bate had acted aggressively towards multiple people.

"The only suggestion of aggression was toward the two people who entered into his house," he said.

"Why would they be walking into his house at 1am?"

An application for bail was made by his lawyer, however the application was opposed by police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan.

After reading the objection to bail material, Magistrate Lee was of the opinion that Bate would be an unacceptable risk if he was granted bail as he had not shown cause why he should be granted bail. He will be remanded in custody until May 28 for a committal mention on the four charges.



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