Jailed for ice-fu­elled rage

Seven years’ jail for stab­bing woman, kick­ing an­other

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Peter Hard­wick peter.hard­wick @thechron­i­cle.com.au

A TOOWOOMBA man who stabbed a woman in the face and kicked an­other in the head dur­ing an ice-fu­elled fit of rage has been jailed for seven years.

Casey Des­mond Ge­orge Lan­der, 29, had the ini­tial charge of at­tempted mur­der against him dropped be­fore he pleaded guilty in Toowoomba Supreme Court to com­mit­ting a ma­li­cious act and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

His bar­ris­ter Frank Martin told the court his client claimed he had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the event which he put down to drug-fu­elled vi­o­lence.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Elizabeth Kelso said Lan­der turned up at the Wil­son­ton home of the com­plainants on the night of July 9, last year, and went into a bed­room where he took “ice”.

He came out and back-handed a man, who then left, be­fore ar­gu­ing with a woman.

Af­ter grab­bing a small knife from the ta­ble, he pushed the woman onto a couch and struck her four times in the face caus­ing four punc­ture wounds.

When the woman’s 19-year-old son came to her aid, Lan­der had punched him be­fore kick­ing an­other woman to the head which left the im­print of his shoe on her fore­head, Ms Kelso said.

Lan­der had then fled in the woman’s car be­fore po­lice ar­rived but was found later that night at his mother’s home and he had been held in cus­tody since.

Mr Martin told the court his client was ba­si­cally “in­sti­tu­tion­alised” af­ter years of be­ing in and out of jail. While in jail his client did all the cour­ses avail­able to bet­ter him­self but when he got out of jail he re­turned to drug use and bad habits, he said.

Jus­tice James Dou­glas de­clared 14 months spent in pre-sen­tence cus­tody as time served un­der the sen­tence and or­dered Lan­der be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for re­lease on pa­role as of Septem­ber 10, 2019.

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