Sword ac­cused gets bail

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - KATE CAMPBELL

A YOUNG Mid­land man is free on bail af­ter be­ing charged over an al­leged samu­rai sword at­tack that al­most left a fa­ther of two with­out a hand.

Ja­cob Ben­jamin Lear, 20, was charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm, ac­cused of al­most sev­er­ing the right hand of Mid­land spray painter Mal­colm Wa­ters.

A Perth mag­is­trate granted Mr Lear bail with a $5000 surety, on con­di­tion he stay away from Mr Wa­ters and re­port to po­lice three times a week.

A po­lice pros­e­cu­tor told the court Mr Wa­ters had a heated ex­change with a mo­tor­bike rider out­side his home on Fer­gu­son Street, Mid­land, on November 3, in which he ac­costed him over pre­vi­ous dam­age done to his fence.

She said the rider went to a prop­erty 150m away and told peo­ple of his con­fronta­tion be­fore a big group re­turned and a fight started.

Bot­tles were thrown and Mr Wa­ters had armed him­self with an axe han­dle to ward off any would-be at­tack­ers while Mr Lear al­legedly had a “long-bladed sword” which he was swing­ing “side to side in close prox­im­ity in a threat­en­ing man­ner”, the court was told.

She al­leged Mr Wa­ters struck Mr Lear with the axe han­dle, and Mr Lear then raised the sword “above his shoul­der” and sliced down, nearly sev­er­ing Mr Wa­ter’s hand.

She said the al­le­ga­tions against Mr Lear war­ranted op­po­si­tion to bail, but given his age and lack of crim­i­nal record po­lice were sat­is­fied with bail un­der strict con­di­tions.

Un­der cover: Ja­cob Lear leaves court af­ter get­ting bail.

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