‘Axe man’ ap­peared in court

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

IN A “ter­ri­fy­ing” at­tack at a wake in Gir­garre on Sun­day, mourn­ers were left us­ing ta­bles and chairs as shields to de­fend them­selves from an axe-wield­ing man.

Gir­garre’s Beau Gem­mill, 29, was ar­rested at the scene and pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day to eight charges, in­clud­ing reck­lessly caus­ing in­jury and mak­ing threats to kill.

The court heard Gem­mill was drink­ing with seven other men in a back­yard on Sta­tion St as part of the wake for a de­ceased friend.

Gem­mill con­fronted an­other man in front of the house at 2am, ac­cus­ing him of sleep­ing with his girlfriend and punch­ing him to the side of the head be­fore he was sub­dued by other men and taken home.

Gem­mill re­turned soon after and scaled the back fence with a wooden axe.

He shouted “I’m go­ing to kill all you mother f-----s” be­fore wield­ing the axe over his head and then swing­ing it wildly at peo­ple.

One man said he was ter­ri­fied and told po­lice he thought “he was go­ing to cop an axe to the back of the head”.

Gem­mill struck a table with the axe that an­other man was us­ing to de­fend him­self. He also smashed a glass table as peo­ple ran for cover.

One man came at him with a shovel, which Gem­mill par­ried with the axe.

The fence was dam­aged when a chair was thrown at Gem­mill and he was wres­tled to the ground.

Kyabram and Echuca po­lice ar­rived at 2.55am to find Gem­mill act­ing “highly ag­i­tated and vi­o­lent”. He de­clined to com­ment to po­lice.

Gem­mill was the only per­son in­jured after he was struck with a shovel.

The court heard Gem­mill rarely drank al­co­hol, but had con­sumed a “sig­nif­i­cant amount” dur­ing the evening and his rec­ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent was “patchy”.

He has since “re­flected on his fool­ish­ness” dur­ing his time in the po­lice cells.

Gem­mill was con­victed and then placed on a two-year com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der with 200 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work to be com­pleted.

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