‘Axe man’ appeared in court
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.