NRL player’s trial told of church knifing

“He is bought a knife,” someone yelled throughout a brawl outside a Mormon church celebration in Sydney ahead of a male was stabbed in the back, a jury has been explained to.

For the duration of the trial of Manly hooker Manase Fainu on Wednesday, Lesila Masiasomua explained the second that Faamanu Levi was knifed in the again at Wattle Grove late at evening on Oct 25, 2019.

“Oh, he’s bought a knife, he is bought a knife,” she claimed she listened to a male say for the duration of the brawl.

Fainu, 24, is accused of wounding Mr Levi with intent to trigger grievous bodily harm. He is on demo at Parramatta District Courtroom getting pleaded not responsible.

After Mr Levi was stabbed from at the rear of, he was rushed to clinic suffering from inside bleeding and a collapsed lung.

The incident transpired at a charity perform organised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Soon after a volunteer stability guard ushered Fainu and his mates off the dance floor and outside the house, they later on allegedly returned to the automobile park to commence the brawl.

In the motor vehicle park, the group approached Ms Masiasomua and her pals, asking Charlie Toilalo who was among the them if he desired to begin a struggle.

“Do you want to have a go at it now?” a person of the adult males allegedly claimed.

“Not in this article, due to the fact we are on church grounds,” Mr Toilalo replied.

The group then started throwing punches, the jury heard.

Ms Masiasomua mentioned she did not see who in the long run stabbed Mr Levi.

She also admitted she could not recognise any one in the group who started off the fight exterior other than that they seemed to be Tongans, but observed a “huge person” with a beard and one more man sporting a darkish blue sling.

One more witness Tony Quach earlier informed the courtroom he experienced tied Fainu to the criminal offense for the reason that of the sling. Fainu experienced previously been through shoulder surgery and had his arm in a sling that evening, the jury read.

Defence barrister Margaret Cunneen SC instructed Ms Masiasomua experienced not really observed the sling, but experienced heard about it from other folks either inquiring her about it specifically or writing about it on social media.

When talking to law enforcement on the night of the incident, Ms Masiasomua did not mention the sling at all, the jury heard.

The trial in front of Choose Nanette Williams proceeds.

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