A MAN charged with murder sat with his eyes closed and head down during a brief appearance in Bathurst Local Court yesterday.
Iusi Afele sat silently in the dock while a charge of murder was read out against him.
The 40-year-old Bathurst man was held in police custody overnight, before his court appearance yesterday.
Afele is charged with the murder of 49-year-old Bathurst man Steven Michael Chesworth following an disturbance in a block of flats in Rocket Street on Tuesday morning in which Mr Chesworth was stabbed in the chest.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene after receiving a triple-0 call just before 8.30am, but despite their best efforts to save Mr Chesworth, he died as a result of his injuries at the scene.
Wearing a red T-shirt, shorts and an unbuttoned black flannelette shirt Afele sat handcuffed in the dock during yesterday’s brief hearing before registrar of the court Mr Hindmarsh.
For the official court record police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Riley read the murder charge.
Sergeant Riley then told the court bail would be opposed by the police.
Afele’s solicitor Shane Cunningham told the court his client was not applying for bail, and asked the matter be adjourned to Bathurst Local Court on Monday, March 11.
Mr Hindmarsh noted police had earlier refused bail, and there was a presumption against it.
He also noted the serious nature of the charge, which is punishable by life imprisonment, and the fact no application had been made for bail by the accused. Mr Hindmarsh formally refused bail and adjourned the matter to Bathurst Local Court on Monday, March 11.