Trial hears steak knife, vacuum cleaner used in brawl
Trial is underway for a Coronation man accused of stabbing an acquaintance who refused to join him for a beer.
Daniel Malcolm Holland is charged with assault, aggravated assault and using a knife for a criminal purpose in connection with an incident at the home of Steven Polege in Coronation on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
Polege, 40, testified before Justice Monica Bast in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Tuesday that he got home late from work to find the house locked and the stereo blaring.
Questioned by Crown prosecutor Tony Bell, Polege said he had some words with Holland after being let into the house. Polege told Bell he showered, changed clothes, joined Holland for a drink and then retired to his bedroom to watch a movie and get some sleep.
He testified that Holland came to his door a number of times because he wanted someone to party with him. On the last occasion, Holland came into the room with a steak knife in his hand.
“He said, ‘Do you want a piece of this?’ ”
Polege said the fight was on when Holland poked him in the stomach with the knife. He said he grabbed a small vacuum cleaner that was in the hallway outside of his door and hit Holland a couple of times in the head with it, continuing to punch the man after machine broke into pieces.
He confirmed for defence counsel Molly McVey that he “slammed” Holland to the floor and continued to punch him after prying the knife from his hand.
Polege said he thought Holland had finally had enough and was heading back into his room when Holland stabbed him again, puncturing a lung and bruising his heart.
Polege told the court that he could hear air blowing through the wound. He said he locked the bedroom door behind him and called 911 for help.
Police witnesses testified that both men were taken to hospital in Consort for treatment. Const. Carl Almusa of the Coronation RCMP testified to finding a blood-smeared steak knife beside the kitchen sink and pieces of the broken vacuum cleaner strewn about the house, including one piece that was recovered outside a broken kitchen window.
At issue in the trial is not whether the incident happened, but if there is a case for self defence, Bell said in opening remarks to Bast.
He and McVey are to state their arguments today, with Bast scheduled to give her decision on Thursday afternoon.