Psy­chic didn’t see sen­tence com­ing

Pinjarra Murray Times - - OPIN­ION -

A MAN who claimed to be psy­chic ap­peared shocked when he was sen­tenced to prison in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 15 in re­la­tion to 13 of­fences, in­clud­ing ran­dom acts of vi­o­lence against strangers.

The court heard the man, who can­not be named to pro­tect a vic­tim, breached com­mu­nity or­ders and vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­ders (VRO) with his of­fend­ing.

Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing state­ments made by Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den, the man rubbed his face and ap­peared ag­i­tated.

The court heard in April last year he sprayed a stranger walk­ing their dog with an un­known aerosol.

He hit this per­son and bit him dur­ing a strug­gle.

Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing Ms Long­den de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a “ran­dom act of vi­o­lence”.

In Novem­ber 2016, he breached a re­strain­ing or­der by kick­ing down the door to a bath­room and kick­ing his part­ner in the stom­ach while she was hold­ing their child.

On De­cem­ber 28, he knocked a stranger off their bike, caus­ing cuts and bruises.

The man breached nu­mer­ous VROs from 2013 on­wards.

Ms Long­den said the man had a vi­o­lent his­tory.

She read ex­cerpts from a psy­cho­log­i­cal re­port which said the man had a chronic psy­chotic ill­ness caused by drugs.

The re­port said he was at risk of de­vel­op­ing per­ma­nent drug-in­duced schizophre­nia.

“It has been brought un­der con­trol in prison,” she said.

“It is fright­en­ing the age you be­gan con­sum­ing drugs and al­co­hol.

“You be­lieve you were psy­chic and have spe­cial pow­ers.”

Ms Long­den said his men­tal state had im­proved in cus­tody.

He was sen­tenced to eight months in prison for ag­gra­vated as­sault, eight months for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and six months for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

He was sen­tenced to one month cu­mu­la­tive for four breaches of VRO, breach­ing a com­mu­nity based or­der, crim­i­nal dam­age and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in pub­lic.

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