The offender was sentenced in Coffs Harbour District Court.
The offender was sentenced in Coffs Harbour District Court. Leigh Jensen

Coffs Harbour man jailed for knife assault

MOMENTS after accusing his partner of being sexually involved with her brother, a Coffs Harbour man stabbed her in the neck with a knife.

Details of the assault that left the victim with an 8cm-deep wound to her neck were heard in Coffs Harbour District Court on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old offender - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

The court heard that on June 30 last year the offender was at his West Coffs Harbour home with his partner and her brother when he accused them of being sexually involved.

The accusation sparked a heated argument which led the victim taking her two children to the safety of a neighbour's home.

When she returned, the argument turned violent.

The court was told the offender pushed the victim to the floor, threw a basket of clothes at her and repeatedly punched and kicked her.

When the victim's brother intervened, the offender punched him and struck him to the head with a broom.

Fearful the offender would seriously hurt her brother, the female victim picked up a 12cm knife and threatened to stab him.

"I'm going to stab you. I'm serious, I don't want to," the victim told her partner.

When the offender did not stop, the victim stabbed him in the back.

The victim and her brother then fled to the neighbour's home and told the occupant to contact police.

The offender followed and again assaulted the victim's brother.

A bystander told the court he witnessed the female victim return to her home.

The offender followed, picked up a knife and chased her to the back of the house.

The court was told he then stabbed her in the neck from behind.

The victim sought refuge inside the home, but the offender managed to enter the property.

Moments later, the victim walked out of the home and while holding her wound screamed: "Help me".

Shortly after, two police officers arrived at the scene.

An officer observed the offender was holding a syringe, and concerned he would further assault the victim, warned him: "Stop or I will taser you."

He did, and the offender fell to the ground.

The officer then noticed a blanket around the victim's neck and asked the offender "how did she get hurt?"

"I threw a knife and hit her in the head," the offender replied.

The offender was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus before being transferred to Coffs Harbour Police Station.

The custody manager assessed him as being too drug affected to participate in an interview.

The victim - who was also arrested - was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where her injuries were treated.

In court, Crown Prosecutor Angie Bowens argued the offender deliberately armed himself and intoxication should not be a mitigating factor.

Ms Bowens submitted the victim had made it "abundantly clear" she was making an escape from the offender and attempted to put "physical distance between herself and the offender on at least two occasions."

Judge Peter Whitford sentenced the offender to five years and four months in prison commencing from the date of his arrest.

He will be eligible for parole on December 29, 2018.



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