Five years for leg wound

Man jailed for shoot­ing friend

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - JES­SICA HOWARD Court Re­porter

A LAUNCESTON man has been sen­tenced to five years in prison for shoot­ing a mate in the leg de­spite the judge de­scrib­ing the case against him as “cir­cum­stan­tial”.

In the Supreme Court in Launceston, Act­ing Jus­tice Pierre Slicer sen­tenced Jamie Lee Vim­pany to five years in jail af­ter be­ing found guilty by a jury of griev­ous bod­ily harm.

About 4am on Novem­ber 23, 2014, Vim­pany shot his vic­tim, who was well known to him, in the leg. The in­ci­dent was wit­nessed by a taxi driver who had dropped the vic­tim off near Vim­pany’s house and was wait­ing to be paid.

Two other men who were present at the time of the shoot­ing were de­scribed as “ad­verse wit­nesses” in the trial and did not di­rectly iden­tify Vim­pany as the shooter.

No mo­tive was sug­gested dur­ing the trial.

Foren­sic ev­i­dence showed dis­charged car­tridges found at Vim­pany’s home were iden­ti­cal to the dis­charged car­tridge found at the scene of the shoot­ing and had been fired from the same weapon.

“The case against Mr Vim­pany was cir­cum­stan­tial,” Act­ing Jus­tice Slicer said.

“The court is en­ti­tled to make find­ings not in­con­sis­tent with the jury’s ver­dict. The pri­mary find­ing is that Mr Vim­pany fired the weapon, in­tend­ing to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm by fir­ing a ri­fle at his body at short range.”

Act­ing Jus­tice Slicer said the vic­tim had been sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected by the shoot­ing.

“He has flash­back and anx­i­ety episodes,” he said.

“He con­tin­ues to re­ceive med­i­cal as­sis­tance and has been di­ag­nosed as suf­fer­ing from so­cial­i­sa­tion para­noia dis­or­der. The court sus­pects that the dis­or­der may have been a pre-in­ci­dent con­di­tion, but ac­cepts that it would have been ex­ac­er­bated by the event of the shoot­ing.”

Vim­pany will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role af­ter serv­ing 3½ years.

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