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Man to face hearing after allegedly attacking woman with knife at Goonellabah

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A man will face a hearing in November after allegedly stalking and planning to assault a woman with a large carving knife at Goonellabah.

Police were called to Shearman Drive at 9.50 am on June 19, after reports of an incident involving a man and a woman.

Officers were told Hayden Wayne Hardke was allegedly carrying a large carving knife when he threatened a woman just minutes before.

Mr Hardke fled the area and police were unable to locate him that day.

He was eventually arrested about 8pm the following evening and taken to Lismore police station.

There he was charged with stalking and intimidation intending to cause fear of physical or mental harm, wielding a knife in a public place and being armed with the intent to commit an indictable offence.

It is alleged when he was outside 26 Oliver Avenue, Mr Hardke had a large carving knife ‘in a manner that would be likely to cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for her personal safety.’

Mr Hardke also allegedly ‘was armed with a weapon, to wit, a large carving knife, with the intent to commit an indictable offence, to wit, assault.’

He was refused bail by police but granted conditional bail by the court.

On Monday, Mr Hardke appeared in person at Lismore Local Court.

He was represented by solicitor Steve Bolt.

Magistrate David Heilpern confirmed Mr Hardke’s pleas of not guilty to all charges.

He ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence as soon as possible and adjourned Mr Hardke’s matters until November 13, for hearing.

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