Man jailed for knife attack
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.