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A photo outside 37 Uralba St Lismore where an alleged murder took place in December 2014
A photo outside 37 Uralba St Lismore where an alleged murder took place in December 2014

A Lismore man is standing trial in the Supreme Court for the alleged December 2014 stabbing murder of a man on Uralba St within sight of Lismore Base Hospital.

The trial of Birri Morris began on Monday at Lismore before Justice Stephen Campbell.

Supreme Court trials are held at Lismore when the facilities are available, as it costs Justice NSW less than paying for numerous witnesses and legal practitioners to travel to Sydney and be accommodated.

Mr Morris and 56-year-old Nicholas Roberts were at a party on Uralba St on the evening of December 21, 2014, police said following the incident.

Inspector Nicole Bruce told media police will allege 27-year-old Mr Morris and Mr Roberts, who were both known to each other, left the party about 6.30pm and a serious assault occurred.

It was alleged Mr Roberts suffered a fractured skull with severe brain hemorrhaging, a fractured right arm and fractured left shoulder, as well as a stab wound to the back as a result of an incident between the pair.

Emergency services were called while Mr Roberts lay in a critical condition outside the Uralba St premises, within 250 metres of Lismore Base Hospital.

He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Mr Morris was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody.

For almost two weeks, Mr Roberts fought for his life in intensive care until he died in hospital on January 2, 2015, at 7.40pm.

When detectives went to interview Mr Morris about the incident they found he had been transferred to the Metropolitan Reception and Remand Centre’s Mental Health facility.

On January 27, 2015, the charge of attempted murder against Mr Morris was upgraded to murder.

The trial, which is set down for two weeks, continues today.


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