Buddies scuffle in pub before noticing KNIFE plunged into man's chest
Dramatic moment pubgoer, 82, realises a knife has plunged into his heart during scuffle with a drinking buddy over an unpaid bar tab – as his mate is cleared after nine months in jail
- Mark Coughlan and Robert Stewart, 82, got into dispute at Sydney pub last year
- Steak knife former was holding plunged into Mr Stewart’s chest during argument
- Neither seemed to notice at first the knife going into the 82-year-old’s chest
- Mr Coughlan spent nine months in prison before police withdrew all charges
Dramatic footage captures the moment a pair of drinking buddies scuffled over a bar tab before one realised a knife had plunged into his chest.
Mark Coughlan and Robert Stewart, 82, got into a confrontation at the Camelia Grove Hotel in Alexandria, in Sydney’s inner-city, in June last year.
Mr Coughlan had just collected his lunch from the bistro and was holding a steak knife in one hand.
Neither man seemed to notice the knife plunged into Mr Stewart’s chest during the brief scuffle.
Mr Coughlan was refused bail and spent nine months in jail before police withdrew charges of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mark Coughlan (pictured) has been cleared of all charges after spending nine months in prison accused of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm
Mr Coughlan and Robert Stewart, 82, got into a confrontation about an unpaid bar tab – with neither noticing at first a steak knife had plunged into Mr Stewart’s chest
CCTV footage inside the pub showed the pair arguing over the unpaid tab, before Mr Coughlan’s lunch went crashing to the ground.
Mr Coughlan then left the pub while Mr Stewart could be seen backing up holding his chest.
Eight minutes later, the footage showed police lowering Mr Stewart on to the floor.
Paramedics can then be seen treating him for the wound.
Mr Stewart was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for emergency surgery, and a court heard he told police Mr Coughlan was to blame, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Court documents said the 82-year-old’s right heart ventricle had been lacerated.
CCTV footage (pictured) inside the Camelia Grove Hotel in Sydney’s inner-city showed the pair arguing over the unpaid tab and Mr Coughlan’s lunch going crashing to the floor
After being arrested and charged, Mr Coughlan was refused bail.
He was released last week after charges were withdrawn by prosecutors and he has now hit out at the charges laid against him.
‘I was portrayed as a knife-wielding maniac when all I was doing was simply about to dig into my steak,’ Mr Coughlan said.
He is reportedly considering taking legal action.
Pictured: Footage showing police lowering Mr Stewart onto the floor following the argument
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