Man jailed for knife at­tack

Geraldton Guardian - - News - David Sal­vaire

A man has been jailed for more than three years for stab­bing a man with a kitchen knife and al­legedly threat­en­ing his ex-part­ner with a base­ball bat.

Ge­of­frey Al­lan Mitchell, 40, pleaded guilty be­fore the District Court at Geraldton this week to two counts of un­law­ful wound­ing, two counts of be­ing armed to cause fear and one count of ag­gra­vated bur­glary.

The charges arose from two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Mitchell’s ex­part­ner.

The court was told that on Fe­bru­ary 16, Mitchell en­tered a Bluff Point prop­erty about 2am and con­fronted his ex-part­ner and a man with a kitchen knife.

Mitchell then ver­bally threat­ened his ex-part­ner be­fore en­ter­ing a rear bed­room where he stabbed the man in the up­per left arm.

Be­fore leav­ing the room Mitchell threw a glass at the man, strik­ing him in the up­per left forearm caus­ing deep lac­er­a­tions.

The man was taken to Geraldton Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal where he un­der­went plas­tic surgery.

The court was also told that on March 2, Mitchell en­tered a Range-way prop­erty over the rear fence while armed with a base­ball bat, be­fore ap­proach­ing his ex-part­ner and her male rel­a­tive in a threat­en­ing man­ner.

Mitchell’s de­fence coun­sel said he was armed with the bat in or­der to fend off a dog be­long­ing to the prop­erty owner.

Judge Troy Denise Sweeney said he didn’t find “that story very cred­i­ble”.

“(Mitchell’s ex-part­ner) ap­plied for a Vi­o­lence Re­strain­ing Or­der ear­lier that day and later he turns up with a base­ball bat,” she said.

“On this case you weren’t wel­come in the prop­erty and if you think that us­ing the base­ball bat on a dog makes the sit­u­a­tion more ac­cept­able then you are mis­taken.”

Mitchell de­manded his ex-part­ner ac­com­pany him, which she did in or­der to avoid a vi­o­lent con­fronta­tion.

Ms Sweeney doubted a sen­tence would de­ter Mitchell’s be­hav­iour but said it would at least send a mes­sage to the com­mu­nity that vi­o­lence would not be tol­er­ated.

“You’re not ready to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for your ac­tions,” she said.

“Threat­en­ing (your ex-part­ner) with a knife would have been ter­ri­fy­ing for her. A re­la­tion­ship where one per­son is scared of an­other is not a re­la­tion­ship at all.”

Mitchell was sen­tenced to 40 months jail with a min­i­mum term of 20 months.

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