THE case to settle an alleged lawn mowing incident that left one person seriously injured with an amputated hand has been held over in Port Macquarie Local Court until July.
Seventy-two-year-old John Richard Reynolds of Crestwood Drive, Port Macquarie will return to court on July 22 and 23 for his alleged involvement in a neighbourhood dispute over a common grassed area of land.
A two-day hearing on March 18 and 19 heard evidence for three charges including using an offensive weapon with the intent to commit an indictable offence; affray; and reckless grievous bodily harm.
Mr Reynolds has pleaded not guilty.
If found guilty the maximum penalties are 12 years, 10 years and 10 years respectively.
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 July 22 and 23, 2019.