Sword accused gets bail
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.