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.