15 April 2024

Woman allegedly stabbed in head with broken bottle, hit with frypan

| Albert McKnight
two women leaving court

Akoi Maketh (left, facing camera) has been granted bail over an alleged assault. Photo: Albert McKnight.

An early morning argument at a southern Canberra home ended with a woman being hit with a frypan and stabbed in the head with a broken bottle, leaving her with a deep cut, police allege.

Akoi Maketh, 27, has been handed charges that include assault over the alleged incident from Sunday (14 April).

Police had to separate multiple people when they were called to a home in Phillip after 2 am following reports of an alleged fight between two women, court documents say.

The officers saw the complainant had “a deep laceration to her forehead and was bleeding excessively”.

She alleged she and Maketh had gotten into an argument, during which she was was hit on the hand with a frypan and stabbed in the head with a broken bottle.

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She also alleged she kept telling Maketh she did not want to fight, but the latter kept assaulting her.

The officers arrested Maketh and suspected she was highly intoxicated, while they also described her as showing “belligerent behaviour”.

Maketh faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (15 April) where she was charged and applied for bail, which was opposed by the prosecution.

Akoi Maketh did not enter pleas and will face court again in the future. Photo: Albert McKnight.

Her lawyer, Legal Aid’s Lesley Jayasuriya, said the University of Canberra nursing student and Woolworths worker was the sole provider for four children and had a strong network of family, friends and cousins in Canberra.

There was no close relationship between her and the complainant, he said, but there had been an altercation or incident between the pair at the time of the alleged assault.

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Prosecutor Julia McLean said the allegations were fairly significant and serious. She said there was some indication that alcohol was a contributing factor to the alleged incident.

Magistrate Jane Campbell said the allegations did not describe what medical treatment the complainant received after the alleged attack.

She said she was concerned there were risks involved with releasing Maketh on bail but noted there were always risks when releasing someone.

Bail was granted on conditions, including that she lives in Strathnairn, does not contact the complainant and does not drink alcohol.

The matter was adjourned to 13 May. No pleas were entered.

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