The man accused of almost slicing a Midland father’s hand off with a samurai sword during a dispute over hooning has been granted bail.
Jacob Benjamin Lear walked silently from court on Saturday, after being charged over the sickening November 3 attack.
The victim, 44-year-old Malcolm Waters, needed 150 stitches as well as metal pins to re-attach his wrist after he confronted a pair of dirt bike riders for hooning.
The court was told Mr Waters was then confronted by a group of young people so he armed himself with an axe handle to ward them off.
Police prosecutors say Mr Lear was struck with that axe handle as he waved the samurai sword from side to side.
Mr Lear then allegedly lifted the sword above his shoulder and sliced down, almost severing Mr Waters’ hand.
Police say the group then fled the scene on foot.
Outside court, Mr Lear’s supporters came to his defence telling 7 News he “hasn’t done anything”.
The police prosecutor told the court they would normally oppose bail for such a serious charge, but given Mr Lear’s young age and lack of criminal record, he could be granted bail with strict conditions.
Some of those conditions including reporting to police three times a week and staying away from his alleged victim.
Mr Lear will reappear in court again later this month.