Bial Taha refused bail for alleged spear attack

A man has been refused bail after he allegedly threw a spear at his neighbour on Friday night in Sydney’s west.

Bial Taha of Telopea appeared before Parramatta Local Court via audio visual link on Saturday.

The 43-year-old man was charged with assault and being armed with a weapon in a public place at about 9pm on Friday in Telopea.

Taha’s legal aid lawyer Ms Maranga, said the incident was a result of a “long standing issue”  between Taha and his neighbour.

Taha said he was “defending his house,” because he was being “threatened” in his own front yard.

Ms Maranga said there were CCTV cameras at Taha’s house and his neighbour’s house, and told Magistrate McRobert that Taha had asked police to get the footage, but this did not happen.

The fight between the neighbours involved a two-metre pole with knife-head attached, which Taha admitted to police he threw at a garbage bin on his own property.

However, Magistrate McRobert dismissed this claim.

“He says he was throwing it at a garbage bin in his front yard, but I’ve never felt the urge to do so and I don’t think anyone else would,” Magistrate McRobert said.

“It was an act of a threatening nature towards neighbours.

“He shouldn’t have a pole with a knife blade attached to it.”

Magistrate McRobert was “concerned” about Taha’s conduct during both the incident and his court appearance and said there was a risk Taha would commit more offences and refused bail.

However, Taha objected and yelled “your decision is wrong. I was defending my house”.

Taha will re-appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday, December 9.

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