A Hastings man accused of stabbing his flatmate in the head following a disagreement last September appeared in the Napier District Court yesterday to face a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mohamed Ahmed, 33, is accused of attacking his then flatmate in the early hours of September 21 last year with a boning knife.
The pair had both been drinking at the house they shared on Nelson St in Hastings when an argument broke out.
Crown Prosecutor Fiona Cleary said it was at this point Ahmed went in to the kitchen to retrieve the knife and returned to the bedroom where the complainant, Raynold Mtemeri, had shut himself in.
"The complainant had asked the accused to leave. The accused had fallen into the hallway and the door was shut behind him. At this point the accused has gone to the kitchen and got the knife."
She said upon his return to the bedroom there was a "scuffle" which resulted in Mtemeri bleeding from a wound to his head.
Ahmed denies the charge and says instead he acted in self defence after being attacked by Mtemeri, 35.