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Man planned' Rambo-style attack'

DESPITE offering up to $100,000 cash, Lismore man Jeremy Marsh was refused bail in the Lismore Local Court after a love triangle backfired.

The businessman is accused by police of procuring a mate to attack his wife’s lover with a Rambo-style machete.

Marsh, 36, appeared in court charged with two serious offences: aggravated break and enter withintent to wound causing grievous bodily harm, that on February 27 last year he procured Jeremy Fresi to wound Michael Murphy while armed with an offensive weapon (a Rambo-style machete); and wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, by procuring/aiding that person (Fresi) to commit an offence.

The police prosecutor, Sgt Peter Costin-Neilsen, opposed bail before Magistrate Roger Prowse.

Defence lawyer, Tom Trembath, for Marsh, said his client was involved in a love triangle that involved his wife and the victim, with the police alleging he solicited the man to cause serious injury to the victim.

“By the time the incident arose he was no longer with his estranged wife,” Mr Trembath said.

“It (his arrest) involved undercover police operatives and he (Marsh) denies the allegations.

“His account is different to what is in police facts.”

Mr Trembath said his client was now living separately from his wife, with Marsh recovering from a significant injury and on Workers Compensation benefits.

The lawyer said there had been no incidents involving Marsh and his wife since the police allegation of February 27.

“And I’m told the victim is in custody,” Mr Trembath said.

“There has been no adverse contact between him (Marsh) and other parties involved.

“He has just had a significant property settlement with his wife.

“It will be a significant time before the matter is before the Lismore District Court and he is prepared to put up significant monies.”

“How much is it?” asked Mr Prowse.

“He’s got $100,000 in the bank so he can lodge significant money,” replied Mr Trembath.

Sgt Costin-Neilsen said the co-accused was also in police custody.

Mr Prowse then refused bail and adjourned the matter to March 18, saying there was a strong Crown case and a need to keep Marsh away from the co-accused.

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