17 February 2021

Man extradited from Tasmania over alleged Canberra stabbing pleads not guilty

| Albert McKnight
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Ashleigh Wayne Wilson has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

A man extradited from Tasmania over an alleged attempted murder in south Canberra has pleaded not guilty to the most serious charges against him.

Ashleigh Wayne Wilson, 33, was arrested in Bridgewater, Tasmania, earlier this month before being brought to the ACT to fight charges of attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

The Australian Federal Police previously said the Richardson man, who is being held in custody, was wanted over an alleged stabbing in Gowrie on 1 October 2020 after which the 23-year-old alleged victim fled to a nearby service station for help.

A second man arrested over the matter, 23-year-old Andrew James Francis Beath-Williams, has also been charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery and will appear before the courts again on 4 March.

Mr Wilson appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday (17 February). His lawyer announced he would fight the two serious charges against him and said the case had been “determined to be a major matter” by the prosecution when requesting a 10-week adjournment.

Mr Wilson did plead guilty to a number of driving-related charges, including driving over the speed limit.

Magistrate James Lawton adjourned the case to April 27 for a pre-hearing mention of the attempted murder charges and sentencing for the driving charges.

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