Stop the stab­bings, judge warns Palm Islanders

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EMMA CHADWICK

A TOWNSVILLE judge has ex­traor­di­nar­ily called on the peo­ple of Palm Is­land to stop stab­bing each other.

Judge Gre­gory Lyn­ham made the com­ments in the District Court yes­ter­day while sen­tenc­ing Palm Is­land man Harry Fri­day, 19, to jail for stab­bing Shane Parker twice in the back at a party last year.

“A mes­sage needs to be sent to the peo­ple of Palm Is­land of the use of knives in of- fences be­ing com­mit­ted on peo­ple who are of­ten known to the of­fender,” Judge Lyn­ham said. “That con­duct needs to cease.”

Judge Lyn­ham sen­tenced Fri­day to five years jail for griev­ous bod­ily harm, un­law­fully en­ter­ing a car, ob­struct po­lice and at­tempted bur­glary.

He told Fri­day he was frus­trated by an in­creas­ing num­ber of se­ri­ous stab­bing cases.

“I am sure you know peo- ple on Palm Is­land who have been killed by peo­ple stab­bing them,” he said. “You can’t pick up a knife and stab some­one and not ex­pect there to be se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

“You at­tacked him from be­hind where he would not be able to de­fend him­self. Your con­duct was rep­re­hen­si­ble.”

The court was told that on De­cem­ber 10, Fri­day had been cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day with about 100 peo­ple at a party, when fight­ing broke out. The stab­bing victim was evac­u­ated to Townsville Hos­pi­tal where he was op­er­ated on for a col­lapsed lung.

Fri­day will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on March 13, 2018.

Palm Is­land Mayor Alf Lacey said he did not sup­port any type of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour and in­vited Townsville court lead­ers to visit the is­land to dis­cuss the is­sues.

“I wel­come the Chief Judge to come to Palm and sit at the ta­ble with us and we would be ask­ing the courts to give us some of the data,” Cr Lacey said.

“If vi­o­lence is on the rise, please give us the num­bers so we can put it in front of our town.”

Cr Lacey said res­i­dents were be­gin­ning to work on a plan to im­prove safety and were await­ing the out­come of an al­co­hol man­age­ment plan.

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