Two charged after double stabbing near Cessnock


Two men will appear in court today charged over the alleged stabbing of a man in the Hunter Region earlier this month.

At about 1.50am on Friday 5 March, emergency services were called to a home on Shalistan Street, Cliftleigh, about 20 kilometres north-east of Cessnock, following reports two men had been stabbed during a physical altercation.

On arrival, police found a 23-year-old man with stab wounds to his chest and head.

The man was treated at the scene before being taken to John Hunter Hospital, he has since been released.

A short time later, police were notified after a 27-year-old man attended Maitland Hospital suffering stab wounds to his chest and neck.

He was later taken to John Hunter Hospital and has since been released.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District established Strike Force Abapo to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, at about 1.30pm yesterday (Thursday 18 March), strike force detectives attended a home on Shalistan Street and arrested two men – aged 23 and 66.

Both men were taken to Cessnock Police Station, where the younger man was charged with attempted murder and wound with intent to murder.

The older man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and accessory after the face to attempted murder.

Both men were refused bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court today (Friday 19 March 2021).