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Man charged with attempted murder after couple attacked with machete

A man has been charged with attempted murder after attacking a couple with a machete in a terrifying home invasion in the states north.

About 10pm Sunday 7 February, a 51-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were at home on Kruseana Avenue, Goonellabah, when the power in their home was switched off.

They both walked outside where they were allegedly attacked by a man armed with a machete. During the altercation, the 51-year-old man was struck on the head and face with the weapon, causing deep lacerations.


The woman was then allegedly struck on her left arm and left wrist, also causing deep lacerations.

The man with the machete fled the scene.

About 7.25am on Monday, a 46-year-old man was located with serious wounds in the grounds of a cemetery in Arakoon, north of Port Macquarie.

He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment to the wounds, which were believed to be self-inflicted.

At 7.10pm on Tuesday, police attended the hospital and placed the man under arrest.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of malicious wounding with intent.

Police believe he is known to the victims.

A bedside bail court hearing was conducted with the man being bail refused to appear at Lismore Local Court on 8 March 2016.

Shanee Dobeson
Shanee is a full-time Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. At the age of 20, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato in 2014, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal style blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.