A MAN who was allegedly stabbed twice in the chest during an argument at Maitland in November has since died, Newcastle Local Court has heard.
Bruce Andrew McNeill, 47, of Gillieston Heights, appeared in court on Wednesday charged with reckless wounding over an alleged attack in a Pender Place carpark on November 21 last year.
But Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) solicitor David Henschell told Magistrate Ian Cheetham the alleged victim, a 52-year-old man, had "recently passed away".
The matter was adjourned until May 24 for the DPP to determine how the matter will proceed.
Initially refused bail, Mr McNeill was granted conditional release in the Sydney Supreme Court on February 27.
He was due to face a hearing in Maitland Local Court on March 17, but the DPP elected to prosecute the matter and it was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court.
Mr McNeill has pleaded not guilty to reckless wounding and raised the issue of self-defence, the court has previously heard.