Man pleads guilty to 2015 Mun­dub­bera stabbing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - — El­iza Wheeler, Fraser Coast Chron­i­cle

A MUN­DUB­BERA man who stabbed another man in the neck last year will spend no more time be­hind bars after hav­ing his charge down­graded from at­tempted mur­der to un­law­ful wound­ing.

Shaun Wil­liam Den­ni­son ap­peared in Mary­bor­ough Supreme Court on Tues­day after plead­ing guilty to stabbing a then 41-year-old man in the neck and arm in a Mun­dub­bera street in July last year.

Den­ni­son, now 38, of­fered to plead guilty to un­law­ful wound­ing, de­spite being charged with at­tempted mur­der, on Septem­ber 26. His plea was ac­cepted by the court.

The court heard that the two men were known to each other, and had both been in a re­la­tion­ship and had chil­dren with the same wo­man.

Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Jodie Wooldridge told the court the vic­tim and his son had fol­lowed Den­ni­son from his home after an ar­gu­ment.

It was in a pub­lic street dur­ing work hours, about 11am, that the in­ci­dent turned vi­o­lent.

“The de­fen­dant has pro­duced the knife from its sheath and chased the com­plainant, in run­ning from the de­fen­dant who was bran­dish­ing the knife, the com­plainant has tripped,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“The de­fen­dant has taken the op­por­tu­nity to get on top of the com­plainant and wounded his neck with the knife.”

Ms Wooldridge said the in­jury to the vic­tim’s neck had cut the jugu­lar vein.

The court heard of Den­ni­son’s ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory; in­clud­ing time served in prison, 40 con­vic­tions and 14 other ap­pear­ances in court.

Judge Byrne said he ac­cepted Den­ni­son was taunted by the com­plainant be­fore the at­tack.

He said he also con­sid­ered Den­ni­son’s ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory, which in­cluded as­sault and weapons charges.

After spend­ing more than 15 months in pre-sen­tence cus­tody, Den­ni­son was sen­tenced to three years’ im­pris­on­ment, though was re­leased on pa­role straight away.

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