Man jailed over spear stab at­tack


A MAN who stabbed an­other man in the chest with a spear dur­ing an “ap­par­ently event­ful evening” has been jailed for four years.

The Supreme Court heard that Lox­ian Lalara, 24, was drink­ing with a group of other men in a re­mote com­mu­nity on April 14 when a fight broke out.

Some time later, in the early hours of the morn­ing, Lalara re­turned to the area armed with a 2m, black and white cer­e­mo­nial spear with a sharp­ened metal tip and threat­ened an­other man with it.

In the fra­cas that fol­lowed, Lalara sliced open one of his vic­tims’ palms with the weapon, sev­er­ing a ten­don, and stabbed the other man in the chest and arm.

In sen­tenc­ing, Jus­tice An­thony Gra­ham said Lalara had an “ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal record”, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple as­saults and although the spear­ing in­volved “sub­stan­tial vi­o­lence”, Lalara still had prospects for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“It is clear that al­co­hol has played a role in this and prob­a­bly other of his of­fences,” he said.

“He has now re­ally had a tip­ping point in his life where af­ter he comes out af­ter this jail term he ei­ther gets into a vi­cious cir­cle of be­ing out of pri­son do­ing some other of­fence, go­ing back, and that will be his life.

“On the other hand, one would think with a wife and two young chil­dren it would be an op­por­tu­nity for him to get work and look af­ter them and re­ha­bil­i­tate him­self,” Jus­tice Gra­ham said.

Lalara will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role af­ter serv­ing two years.

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