Cat killer sent to jail af­ter two as­saults

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A man who killed two cats and se­ri­ously in­jured sev­eral peo­ple with a metal tyre lever in the streets of Roe­bourne last year has been sen­tenced to more than four years in prison and fined $1600.

Darryl Smith, 40, was sen­tenced to four years and nine months im­pris­on­ment by the Dis­trict Court last week for griev­ous bod­ily harm and as­sault against two peo­ple in the early hours of Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29.

Last Wed­nes­day, he was also fined a com­bined $1600 by Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court for re­main­ing of­fences of caus­ing an an­i­mal un­nec­es­sary harm, com­mon as­sault and possess­ing drug para­pher­na­lia. He pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to all charges.

The Dis­trict Court heard on Septem­ber 29 morn­ing, Smith had bashed a 74-year-old man and 50-year-old man with a metal tyre lever on Sholl and Sher­lock streets in Roe­bourne, re­quir­ing both to be sent to Nickol Bay Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

The older man’s in­jury left him blinded in his left eye while the 50-year-old re­ceived deep cuts to his up­per head and col­lar bone.

Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court was told Smith had killed two cats, of which he was the owner, about 6am on the same day out of frus­tra­tion af­ter their me­ow­ing had kept him awake the pre­vi­ous night.

He struck the an­i­mals with the tyre lever be­fore tap­ing their legs to­gether and string­ing them up on the front fence of his prop­erty, in view of any pass­ing pedes­tri­ans.

Po­lice found Smith with drug para­pher­na­lia dur­ing his ar­rest. In sen­tenc­ing Smith in the Dis­trict Court, Jus­tice Christo­pher Steven­son said the two as­saults in­volv­ing a weapon were “very se­ri­ous”.

Le­gal Aid de­fence lawyer Stephen Ste­wart told Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court Smith had re­cently sep­a­rated from his part­ner at the time and the as­saults had been his way of at­tempt­ing to deal with ru­mours sur­round­ing that.

Mag­is­trate Ed­ward de Vries fined Smith $1000 for an­i­mal cru­elty, $500 for the com­mon as­sault and $100 for drug para­pher­na­lia. His prison sen­tence is back­dated to Septem­ber 29 and he will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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