A Primbee man has escaped full-time jail for his role in the stabbing of his cousin after agreeing to give evidence against the alleged main perpetrators.
Corey John Hamilton was the driver and a bystander when two friends attacked his cousin with a bayonet, stabbing the other man once in the thigh at his Warilla home on May 11 last year.
Port Kembla Local Court heard Hamilton, 23, drove the two men to the Warilla address and watched as they confronted his cousin about an alleged outstanding debt owed to them by the victim.
Police allege the men pushed the victim into a brick wall before one produced a knife and held it up against the man's throat.
The other then drew a 30-centimetre bayonet from down his pants and thrust it into the victim's left thigh, police claim.
Hamilton stood and watched the events. When the attack was over, he drove the two men away from the scene to nearby Flinders.
The court heard the victim was transported by a witness to a different address in Flinders, where he met his father.
While the victim was speaking with his father, the pair spotted Hamilton and his co-offenders and gave chase in their vehicle, but eventually lost the trio.
The victim was treated in Shellharbour Hospital for cuts to his throat and the stab wound to his thigh.
Hamilton was arrested on May 20.
In court on Friday, he pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless wounding in company.
The court heard Hamilton suffered from a moderate intellectual disability and while considering himself a follower, actively wanted to make improvements in his life.
"He wants to start afresh; he wants to move away from the area," Hamilton's lawyer said.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart sentenced Hamilton to 14 months' jail but agreed to suspend the sentence, owing to his early guilty plea and his promise to give evidence in the upcoming hearing against one of his alleged co-offenders.
Hamilton will also be required to attend any scheduled counselling and be supervised by Probation and Parole services for the duration of the suspended sentence.