Man stabbed after domestic violence claim on Facebook

A FACEBOOK post that accused a woman's partner of domestic violence allegedly led to two men visiting the house of her partner and stabbing him four times.

Brett Kerry Foster, 41, has pleaded not guilty at the Ipswich District Court to armed burglary with actual violence in company, and committing a malicious act with intent.

The court heard a female relative of Foster posted a comment on Facebook claiming she was the victim of domestic violence. Foster then posted an expletive-laden message on the woman's wall telling her to tell the man Foster was going to assault him.

The Crown prosecution has alleged following this message Foster recruited another man and the pair of them drove to the house of the man they believed had assaulted Foster's relative with the intention of assaulting him.

The court heard Foster was armed with a baseball bat and the other man with a knife. They allegedly entered the house and shouted at and abused the occupant. At one stage Foster allegedly had the bat cocked and was jumping around threatening to hit the man.

The Crown has alleged Foster blocked a hallway preventing the man from leaving and allowing the alleged co-offender to attack the man, stabbing him four times.

Foster has denied the charges, and claimed he was simply at the house to collect a dog and some furniture. Under cross-examination by prosecutor Caroline Marco, Foster denied the Facebook message he posted to the woman's wall was a threat to the man, but admitted the man could have been scared by it.

Foster told the court he didn't have a bat and had no knowledge the man he took with him to the house intended to assault the victim.

Under cross-examination he told the court he never intended to harm the man, and said he had forgotten all about the message, which he maintained was not a threat, by the time he went to the house hours later.

The jury has retired to consider its verdict.

Topics:  facebook ipswich district court

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