Stab­bing at­tack not pro­voked

Man smiles after knif­ing neigh­bour

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - ROSS IRBY [email protected]

SCHIZOPHRENIA, not tak­ing his med­i­ca­tion and us­ing il­licit drugs is the likely trig­ger for a trou­bled man who knifed his neigh­bour.

He was seen to be smil­ing after the sud­den and hor­ri­fy­ing un­pro­voked at­tack.

Ip­swich Dis­trict Court heard it was the third time dis­abil­ity pen­sioner Bradley James Patch had stabbed some­one.

Patch, 43, pleaded guilty to wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm at Du­lacca on De­cem­ber 29, 2016; and wil­ful dam­age to a car. He was con­victed of com­mit­ting a ma­li­cious act with in­tent.

Crown Prose­cu­tor Cameron Wilkins said Patch was hold­ing a knife and wait­ing for the male neigh­bour after he first sent the man a text threat­en­ing to kill him. The vic­tim did not pro­voke Patch in any way. He suf­fered a stab wound to his chest.

Mr Wilkins spoke about Patch’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions .

Patch was sen­tenced in 1995 at Ma­roochy­dore Dis­trict Court after he stabbed a man who had first as­saulted him.

In 2009 he was sen­tenced to five years in jail by Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court when con­victed of stab­bing his brother mul­ti­ple times at a fam­ily gath­er­ing.

“The sen­tenc­ing judge said he stood over him (brother) smil­ing, and that it was a sav­age and se­vere at­tack,” Mr Wilkins said.

Mr Wilkins said it was after the first stab­bing that Patch was di­ag­nosed with schizophrenia and drug de­pen­dency.

In the case be­fore the court, Mr Wilkins said the vic­tim suf­fered a chest stab wound un­der his nip­ple.

A small lac­er­a­tion above that was from one of the slashes Patch also made with the knife.

The Crown case was that the two men lived in de­mount­able houses be­side each other in the small Du­lacca town­ship, 100km from Roma.

“He threat­ened (via phone) to put a blade in the man and kill him and his fam­ily,” Mr Wilkins said.

“At the time he (vic­tim) was be­ing driven around by his brother.

“He was dropped off at home and saw Patch stand­ing on a bal­cony hold­ing a knife.

“He walked up the stairs and Patch ran to­wards him, launched him­self at him and stabbed him in the chest.

“He pulled the knife out and con­tin­ued to slash with it, seven or eight times, say­ing ‘I’ll f---en kill you’...”

Mr Wilkins said the vic­tim saw the knife was cov­ered in blood when Patch “ges­tured to­ward the man’s stom­ach and grinned”.

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HE WAS GRIN­NING AT THE VIC­TIM, AP­PAR­ENTLY IN THE JOY HE RE­CEIVED LOOK­ING AT THE IN­JURIES.

The vic­tim looked down and saw blood on his shirt.

The vic­tim’s brother drove him away from the scene. When he looked in the rearview mir­ror Patch was seen stand­ing, smil­ing, and still hold­ing the knife.

The man re­ceived a 1.5cm stab wound, a lac­er­a­tion above the wound, and a neck lac­er­a­tion.

Mr Wilkins said the in­jured man was treated at Roma hos­pi­tal and had lost one litre of blood.

He was sta­bilised, flown to a Bris­bane hos­pi­tal and dis­charged four days later.

Be­fore the knife at­tack Patch wil­fully dam­aged the man’s car by carv­ing the word “junkie” into the bon­net and slashed all four tyres.

Mr Wilkins said the knife had a 12cm ser­rated blade.

“He lunged at him. Stabbed him in a vul­ner­a­ble area on the left side of his chest,” he said.

“He con­tin­ued to stab at his neck and chest seven or eight times yelling he was go­ing to kill him.

“He was grin­ning at the vic­tim, ap­par­ently in the joy he re­ceived look­ing at the in­juries.

“This was sim­i­lar to stab­bing his brother, when (in ev­i­dence) he was stand­ing over him grin­ning.”

Mr Wilkins said the of­fence, a gra­tu­itous vi­o­lent at­tack on a man with no provo­ca­tion, war­ranted the se­ri­ous of­fender dec­la­ra­tion to be made.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Jes­sica Goldie said Patch dropped out of school in Bris­bane and by age 18 was us­ing meth and heroin.

He had at the time of the lat­est of­fence used steroids.

In Ms Goldie’s dis­cus­sion with Judge Alexan­der Horne­man-Wren SC, the court heard that Patch’s men­tal ill­ness was ex­ac­er­bated when he used drugs and had taken him­self off pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

Horne­man-Wren ex­pressed con­cern that such an or­der would mean Patch would not get the nec­es­sary on­go­ing strict su­per­vi­sion and mon­i­tor­ing he would need on his re­lease.

Judge Horne­man-Wren sen­tenced Patch to eight years in jail with a pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity date of De­cem­ber 29 next year. Patch has al­ready spent one year and 11 months in jail.

The judge did not make a Se­ri­ous Vi­o­lent Of­fender Dec­la­ra­tion. This will mean that if, or when, Patch is granted pa­role by the pa­role re­view board he will re­ceive the re­quired on­go­ing sup­port in the com­mu­nity.

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