A man accused of stabbing a father as he waited to collect his children from a Brisbane primary school insists he’s an “absolute stand-up person” who “doesn’t do violence”.
Daniel Thomas Dowson was denied bail when he fronted court on Thursday for allegedly stabbing his cousin, Michael Blackson, in the Wynnum State School car park.
The 36-year-old is facing seven charges stemming from the incident, including acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.
He was also already on bail for a prior matter.
But Dowson, who represented himself in the Wynnum Magistrates Court, says he’s an upright citizen and needed bail so he could attend job interviews.
“I am an absolute stand-up person in the community,” he told the court.
“I don’t do violence. I don’t do drugs.
“If I’m locked up in jail, I’m afraid I’m going to become a serious criminal.”
Dowson said he was so sure he could stay out of trouble on bail he was willing to do “double, triple” time in custody if he breached his conditions.
“I might sound stupid but that’s just what I am – confident in myself,” he said.
But Police Prosecutor Angela Tetley said Dowson had lunged at his victim with a 10cm knife held in a military-style reverse grip.
She said this left Mr Blackson with stab wounds to his hand, chest, back and even took out a chunk of hair from his scalp.
“I’m going to kill you,” she alleged Dowson told Mr Blackson.
The 45-year-old man remains in the Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The court also heard Dowson had gone to a police station that morning to enquire about seized property – two firearms and a hunting knife.
Magistrate Zac Sarra urged Dowson to seek free legal advice, saying: “I’m trying to protect your interests.”
“Because you’re stupid and you’re not protecting yourself,” Magistrate Sarra said.
“That’s correct,” Dowson replied.
The matter will return to court for a committal mention on November 2.