Dad sen­tenced for stab­bing threat

Judge calls for in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion or­der

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

A FA­THER who threat­ened to stab an­other per­son with a knife while in­tox­i­cated has been sen­tenced to a 12month in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion or­der.

An­drew Peter Critchlow, who ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on July 27, pleaded guilty to be­ing armed with a metal pole in a way that may cause fear and threat­en­ing to in­jure a per­son with a knife.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Neville Palmer said Critchlow was at his South Yun­derup ad­dress at 1.30pm on Jan­uary 21 when his neigh­bour heard an ar­gu­ment be­tween him and a per­son within the home.

Sgt Palmer said the neigh­bour in­ter­vened and then in­vited the per­son into their home.

Critchlow went to his neigh­bour’s ad­dress to see the per­son he was fight­ing with and then left.

Po­lice said Critchlow later re­turned to his neigh­bour’s home where he grabbed a metal pipe and said to an­other per­son “I’m go­ing to get a gun and shoot you”.

Po­lice said Critchlow grabbed the vic­tim, who had tripped over a car bon­net out­side the home, and held a knife to­wards them.

Critchlow told the vic­tim to “get f***ed or I’ll stab you”, scar­ing the vic­tim.

When po­lice ar­rived, they seized the pole and Critchlow was taken to hospi­tal, where he was later in­ter­viewed by po­lice. Po­lice or­dered the pole to be de­stroyed.

De­fence lawyer Natasha Ste­wart said Critchlow ob­tained let­ters from his neigh­bour and the per­son he ar­gued with, as well as medical ma­te­rial for Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den’s perusal.

Ms Ste­wart said Critchlow mixed al­co­hol and med­i­ca­tion at the time and acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately on the spur of the mo­ment.

“No one was harmed and he handed him­self in to po­lice,” she said.

“He vis­ited the neigh­bour’s home and asked if the per­son was re­turn­ing home and some peo­ple said no. When he re­turned again he wasn’t think­ing straight.”

Ms Ste­wart said Critchlow had a crim­i­nal his­tory and pre­vi­ous com­mon as­sault charges where al­co­hol was in­volved.

“He has cut down on al­co­hol and is now ad­dress­ing his is­sues to pre­vent fu­ture of­fend­ing,” she said.

Ms Ste­wart said Critchlow’s be­hav­iour was a “com­plete over­re­ac­tion” and he re­gret­ted what he had done.

Ms Long­den said what Critchlow did and said was “wor­ry­ing” and “fright­en­ing” for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“Those peo­ple could see what you were act­ing ir­ra­tionally, ag­gres­sively and in a sin­is­ter mat­ter,” she said.

Ms Long­den sen­tenced him to a 12-month in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion or­der and com­mu­nity work.

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