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James Paul Alderton went to Coles at Murwillumbah on June 6, according to police and allegedly stole a Wiltshire kitchen knife before he made his way to nearby Knox Park.

It was in the park, about 12.30pm that police said a wild brawl erupted involving about 30 people.

Emergency services were called to the park on Brisbane Street and when they arrived they found three injured men suffering stab wounds.

Police said witnesses reported Charles Henry Larter was trying to save his 18-year-old son Zackery, when both men were allegedly stabbed multiple times by Mr Alderton.

Mr Larter, 46, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

Zackery Larter was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Another man, 29-year-old Joshua Mead was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries.

He was later discharged.

Police arrested Mr Alderton at the scene and he was taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was questioned and charged with the murder of Mr Larter.

The 32-year-old was charged murder, with two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to Zackery’s and Joshua’s injuries, and larceny.

He was refused police bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on June 7 where he was again refused bail.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Alderton was represented by solicitor Tracey Randall.

The court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Alderton was complete and had been served on the defence.

Ms Randall requested his matters be adjourned to allow time for negotiations with the prosecution regarding the charges.

She did not apply for bail for Mr Alderton, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes adjourned Mr Alderton’s matters until December 5 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Alderton is expected to appear via videolink from jail at his next appearance.


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