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North Lismore father to face hearing over son’s death

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Christopher John Gibson did not appear in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday from prison but was represented by solicitor Jim Fuggle.

He is charged with murder over the death of his son Shaun, at North Lismore, on November 19.

Police facts before the court stated emergency services were called to Barrow Lane, about 10.45pm, after reports that someone had been stabbed.

When officers arrived they found 29 year-old Shaun dead, suffering multiple stab wounds to his neck.

Mr Gibson was arrested at the scene and charged with murder the following morning.

A submission from Mr Fuggle concerning the witnesses required for the hearing, which is estimated to take half-a-day, was lodged on Tuesday.

It outlined who the three witnesses were who will be sought by the defence to be examined and cross-examined during the hearing.

The supervising pathologist at Shaun’s autopsy, Dr Brian Beer, and two brothers who had previously seen Mr Gibson and his son have physical fights, are the witnesses nominated by the defence.

‘The accused has raised self defence in answer to the charge and has participated in an ERISP (electronic interview) with police shortly after the charged incident wherein he asserts fears of the deceased based on prior physical assaults on him by the deceased including on witnessed by (the brothers),’ Mr Fuggle’s submission said.

Magistrate David Heilpern set Mr Gibson’s matters down for hearing on September 22 at Lismore Local Court.

He marked the court papers Mr Gibson must appear in person ‘not AVL’ (not via videolink).

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