Robinvale man denies involvement in fight: Machete attack

A ROBINVALE man accused of bringing a machete to a street fight on Thursday, severely wounding another man, denies involvement in the attack.

Keith Doolan, 46, was arrested on Monday after police found the weapon allegedly used in the incident at his home.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan yesterday adjourned Doolan’s bail application until tomorrow, pending further evidence.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court heard Doolan’s two co-accused and the victim were among a group of people who spent several hours drinking at a Robinvale house on Thursday.

The victim got into an argument with one of the co-accused before moving out into the front yard where a fight started.

Police prosecutor Kristen Simm told the court Doolan allegedly produced a machete and a knife when he became involved in the fight.

The victim, who has known Doolan for about 15 years, told police he had known Doolan to use weapons in the past and attempted to run down the street.

Unable to get away, the victim armed himself with a stick as Doolan and the two co-accused caught up – Doolan holding the machete and the others, who had not yet been interviewed by police, brandishing sticks.

The court heard Doolan smashed the machete on the back of the victim’s head, causing a large gash, and also wounded the man’s elbow when the man attempted to protect himself from a further blow.

The victim sought refuge at a nearby property and was taken by the house’s occupant to Robinvale Hospital, before being transferred to Mildura Base Hospital.

Sen Constable Simm said Doolan was an “unacceptable risk of re-offending” and had been subject to outstanding warrants in Victoria and NSW.

Doolan’s counsel, Bert Hilton-Wood said, the case against his client was based on the word of the victim and the police’s seizure of a machete at his house three days later.

He said Doolan was adamant he was not present when the fight happened and that there had been no examination of the knife.

“I’d submit that every house in Robinvale would have a knife in it,” he said.

He also told the court Doolan was on a disability pension, had an acquired brain injury from sustained alcohol abuse and would not have been able to chase the victim down the street because he had a bad back.

Mr Hilton-Wood said Doolan had extensive family ties to Robinvale, having lived there all his life, and was not a flight risk.

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