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Manase Fainu court, rising star guilty of church stabbing

NRL rising star Manasseh Fainu has been found guilty of stabbing a church youth leader during a violent and bloody brawl outside a Mormon church dance.

Fainu, 24, has pleaded not guilty to stabbing Famanu Levi in ​​the back at the Church of Jesus Christ in Wattle Grove in south-west Sydney on the evening of October 25, 2019.

But he was convicted of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Jurors accepted the Crown prosecutor’s argument that Fain stabbed Mr Lewin in the back near his shoulder blade and cut him above his right eye in a brawl involving four of his mates and another group of people.

NRL rising star Manasseh Fine has been found guilty. Image: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles.Source: News Corp Australia

An eyewitness, Tony Quach, told the court that he saw Mr Fainu, who was in a sling at the time, stab Mr Lewin with a knife, puncturing his lungs and causing internal bleeding.

It was not the case during the hearing that Fain had his arm in a sling or was in the carpark after shoulder surgery a month ago.

But he claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity and that he had no role in the fight or conflict.

Fainu said he was about 10m away and started to turn back, fearing for his safety, when someone shouted “knife, knife”.

But Mr Couch told the court he saw his friend stabbing Mr Levin and was able to identify him with his unique slingshot.

Famanu Levi was stabbed in a brawl following a Mormon church dance. Picture: Shannon Tonkin.Source: Submitted
Tony Quach claims he saw Manasseh Fainu stab someone during the wild church fight. Image: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles.Source: News Corp Australia

During his evidence, Mr Cooch said Fainu did not start the fight but “stopped it”.

Mr Quach said: “I saw the knife go into Levi’s back.

“Who did you see throw the knife into Levi’s back?” Crown prosecutor Emma Curran asked.

“The accused,” Mr Couch said, adding that Fain saw him with one arm in a sling and a knife in the other, his arm at a 90-degree angle.

Mr Quach described Fain as having an angry look on his face.

The court was told that earlier in the evening, two of Fainga’s friends – including Uona “Big Buck” Faingaa – got into a brawl on the church hall dance floor.

Fine’s NRL career has been a piece of cake. Image: AAP Image/Joel CarrettSource: AAP

Fainga said he went to the church dance with four friends because Mr. Fainga wanted to collect money he owed someone for a concrete job.

The Manly Sea Eagles harlot said he left the church grounds while his friends were escorting him and apologized to the warden for his friends’ behavior as he left.

Ms Curran said another man, Kupi Toilalo, said he saw a man approaching him and his friends with a slingshot in his left hand during the incident.

“When Kupi saw this, the knife was in the hands of the man, he was not going to stop,” Ms Curran said.

CCTV played during the trial showed Fayne jumping the Coles carpark fence and returning to the church grounds shortly before the altercation.

CCTV footage shows Manasseh Fainu jumping the fence of a Mormon church dance shortly before the wild brawl. Picture: providedSource: Submitted

He admitted he could have gone back in through the front gate, but said he jumped the fence.

“Manasseh Fainu jumped over the fence and into the churchyard, he was with four of his friends and the group approached Mr. Levy and his friends,” Ms. Curran said during the closing.

“A scuffle ensued and when things seemed to get out of hand, Mr. Fain pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr. Levy in the back, rupturing his lung and causing internal bleeding.”

The fine will be imposed at a later date.

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