Backpacker stabbed in the neck while hiking in SA bush

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Posted by The King Slayer 2016 years ago in News
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The French backpacker stabbed in the neck during a bush trek with a friend has returned to Australia to continue his holiday. Maxime Michel, 21, was hiking at Belair National Park in January when he was allegedly stabbed in the neck by 23-year-old Adelaide man Antoni James Barresi. Mr Michel was with his friend, Thibaut Guillou, who told his friend to run because he was in shock after he was slashed in the neck. 'He just [got] the knife and he stabbed me first one time in the neck… I didn't realise what was happening,' Mr Michel told 9NEWS. 'I saw the eyes of my friend Thibaut were really scared and he just said "run" to me.' The pair claim they had met Mr Barresi in an Adelaide hostel the previous night. Mr Guillou was able to flee and grab help after he witnessed the incident - with the alleged offender Mr Barresi arrested shortly after. Despite the horror event - and a scar to go with it - Mr Michel and his friend have returned to Australia to finish their trip. Mr Michel said he was not going to let one incident ruin his holiday. 'I can't blame all of Australia for one guy,' Mr Michel said.

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