Stabbed for his tax refund

A MAN, just released from 15 days in jail to a massive tax refund, found himself $900 poorer with a life-endangering knife wound to his liver just hours later.

Gavin Hyde, described in a police statement, read out in Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday, how he thought Shane

Anthony Uittenbosch was going to shake his hand but he quickly realised he had been stabbed after experiencing "immense pain".

Uittenbosch has pleaded not guilty to stabbing Hyde in the abdomen during an alcohol and drug fuelled invasion of a home at Moorooka, in Brisbane's south, on October 5, 2009.

Hyde, then 33, said he tried to stop Uittenbosch but allegedly ended up with further knife wounds to his temple and arm.

"I thought that if I didn't fight back he would kill me," he said.

Hyde said he had earlier been to an ATM with Uittenbosch's mate, who is a protected witness, to withdraw $1000 of a $5680 tax refund which was how Uittenbosch knew about the money.

He said $900 was stolen from his wallet that night and he had to have life-saving surgery to repair his liver.

Crown prosecutor Belinda Merrin had told the court Uittenbosch and his mate had allegedly hatched a plan to get the money in their nearby hotel rooms.

She said the Crown would proved the men had left their hotel with the intention to steal or rob Hyde at his home nearby.

Ms Merrin said the other man claimed he did not know Uittenbosch had a knife until he saw it.

She said that man phoned emergency services and stayed until police and ambulance officers arrived.

Ms Merrin said police found blood-stained joggers and jeans, matching Hyde's DNA, in hotel rooms where Uittenbosch and his mate had been staying.

The trial continues.



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