A 72-year-old Port Macquarie will return to court in March 2019 for his alleged involvement in a neighbourhood dispute over a common grassed area of land.
John Richard Reynolds, 72, of Crestwood Drive, fronted Port Macquarie Local Court on December 6.
The alleged incident on February 24, 2018 ended with a serious injury and an amputation.
Reynolds is charged with using an offensive weapon with the intent to commit an indictable offence; affray; and reckless grievous bodily harm.
If found guilty the maximum penalties are 12 years, 10 years and 10 years respectively.
Reynolds appeared before Magistrate J Price.
It is alleged a confrontation between Reynolds and a neighbour over a common patch of grass between their properties ended with the neighbour being transported to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle with serious injuries as a result of contact with lawn mower blades.
He had his left hand down to the wrist amputated and also received skin grafts to inner thigh injuries.
An apprehended violence order remains in place.
The matter has been adjourned to the Port Macquarie Local Court on March 18 and 19, 2019.