Knife at­tack to head

Judge slams man’s re­peat vi­o­lence

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

A RE­PEAT vi­o­lent of­fender who stabbed a man in the head and punched a woman in the face while at a party on Palm Is­land has been sen­tenced to two years in jail.

Wil­liam Si­las Wayne Prior faced Townsville Dis­trict Court yesterday charged with un­law­ful wound­ing and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm over the April 28, 2014, at­tacks.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Chris Moore told the court Prior stabbed the man with such force that the knife broke, leav­ing the tip of the blade lodged in the vic­tim’s head.

“He was throw­ing his weight around ... he punched a woman in the mouth,” Mr Moore said.

“He stabbed him in the side of the head with a knife ... the tip of the knife lodged in the com­plainant’s head. It was for­tu­nate there was no greater in­jury to male com­plainant.”

Prior also fled from po­lice on May 2, May 3 and May 10 as of­fi­cers tried to ar­rest him.

The court heard Prior crossed paths with his male vic­tim while in cus­tody and the pair had mended their re­la­tion­ship af­ter Prior apol­o­gised.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Claire Grant said Prior had a history of vi­o­lent of­fend­ing and was ea­ger to seek help for his anger is­sues. “The only way for­ward is for him to en­gage in an anger man­age­ment course,” she said.

“He has is­sues in re­gards to re­cidi­vist, vi­o­lent of­fend­ing.

“He has ex­pe­ri­enced some so­cial disad­van­tage and he … has a very lim­ited ed­u­ca­tion.”

The court heard Prior was on pro­ba­tion over a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent at the time of the of­fences. His pro­ba­tion was re­voked and he was re- sen­tenced to 18 months’ jail, to be re­leased on pa­role im­me­di­ately.

Prior was also on a sus­pended sen­tence for sep­a­rate pre­vi­ous vi­o­lent of­fences, re­sult­ing in a fur­ther eight months be­ing added to his sen­tence. All sen­tences will be served con­cur­rently, mean­ing he will re­main on pa­role for 18 months.

Judge Stu­art Durward SC said Prior’s of­fences were shame­ful and warned he would send him “back out to the big house” if he con­tin­ued to com­mit acts of vi­o­lence.

“At­tack­ing a woman is a cow­ardly act,” he said. “You should be ashamed of your­self. The of­fences you com­mit­ted were within a very short time of your re­lease from prison.”

Judge Durward or­dered Prior be re­leased on pa­role im­me­di­ately as he had served 444 days in pre- sen­tence cus­tody.

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