Alleged stabbing victim didn’t see NRL star Manase Fainu during wild brawl

The youth leader allegedly stabbed by NRL growing star Manase Fainu in the course of a wild brawl outdoors a Mormon church dance states he did not see who attacked him, a courtroom has read.

Mr Fainu, 24, is standing trial in the Parramatta District Court docket, the place he has denied stabbing Faamanu Levi in the again and chopping him over his suitable eye.

He has pleaded not responsible to wounding a man or woman with intent to bring about grievous bodily hurt.

And his barrister Margaret Cunneen SC has explained the Manly hooker did not stab Mr Levi during the brawl exterior the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Wattle Grove on October 25, 2019 and it was a case of mistaken identity.

Throughout his evidence on Wednesday, Mr Levi advised the jury of the moment he realised he experienced been stabbed in his back again just in the vicinity of his suitable shoulder.

Faamanu Levi was stabbed in the back following a Mormon church dance. Shannon TonkinDigital camera IconFaamanu Levi was stabbed in the again next a Mormon church dance. Shannon Tonkin Credit rating: EquippedManase Fainu has pleaded not guilty to stabbing a Mormon church youth leader. Shannon TonkinDigital camera IconManase Fainu has pleaded not responsible to stabbing a Mormon church youth chief. Shannon Tonkin Credit: Equipped

He experienced previously spoken to two guys who had commenced an altercation on the dance flooring which prompted the DJ to quit the songs.

Mr Levi claimed he witnessed just one of the adult men throw a punch and escorted them out, although he did not know possibly of them.

Subsequent the incident, Mr Levi mentioned he felt scared immediately after currently being verbally abused.

He resolved to leave the dance and was ready in his auto with friends, who were being standing about his white Honda Civic, when he read a scream and realised a battle had broken out.

He went exterior and shut the passenger door to protect a woman friend who was in the front seat.

The mate, Sherrie Tapusoa, experienced her leg trapped in the entrance door and Mr Levi reported he observed about 4 or 5 guys attacking his close friends Charlie and Kupi Toilalo.

“What occurred when you were hoping to shift the door of the motor vehicle,” Crown prosecutor Emma Curran requested.

“When I tried using to move it, I felt the stab on my again,” Mr Levi stated, incorporating he felt pain in his reduced proper shoulder.

“Did you see who stabbed you?” Ms Curran stated.

“No,” Mr Levi reported.

“I informed them you’ve acquired to quit preventing, I’m wounded … I was essentially fearful and about to faint as effectively.”

He additional that he felt a suffering which he “couldn’t explain”.

Manase FainuDigicam IconBarrister Margaret Cunneen SC has argued Manase Fainu had not stabbed a church youth leader. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, John Grainger.

Mr Levi informed the court docket on Wednesday he had earlier spoken to two adult men, 1 donning a crimson shirt and another carrying a black shirt, who had started out an argument and altercation on the dance floor.

He reported that in his position as a church youth leader, he escorted the guys into a room where by he informed them they couldn’t battle on church grounds and that they really should go home.

Mr Levi said that he was told “f*** you” prior to he escorted them off the church grounds.

Underneath cross examination from Ms Cunneen on Wednesday early morning, Mr Levi mentioned he did not get a great glimpse at the adult males who attacked him.

“I do not know if the team of males that assaulted Kupi, Charlie and I were the exact group of males who we followed outside of the church grounds before on,” Mr Levi explained in his statement to police, which was read through out in court docket.

The demo right before Judge Nanette Williams proceeds.

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