Knife attack on friend

A PRISONER with a bad criminal history appeared in the Gladstone District Court yesterday via video link from Capricornia Correctional Centre.

Edward Norman Shaw, 25, pleaded guilty to going armed in public to cause fear, wilful damage, possessing dangerous drugs and four counts of breach of domestic violence orders.

Legal officer Majella Lapraik told the court that on May 30 a complainant contacted police claiming she had been drinking with Shaw and when she left he followed her with a knife.

He lunged at her with the knife stating he was going to kill her and she ran to a nearby newsagent to call police.

Shaw refused to be interviewed by police but said he was only trying to scare her.

Later that night Shaw returned to the complainant’s address and smashed a window in her home.

When police arrested Shaw, he had stabbed himself in the leg and had to be taken to hospital.

Police accompanied him to hospital where they found a small bag of amphetamine in his possession.

Judge Koppenol said Shaw had a “very bad criminal history” and this was his second knife offence in seven years.

The Crown prosecutor asked for a 12-month jail sentence for the defendant and $66 restitution for the broken window.

Defence barrister David Murray said the complainant and the defendant were actually very good friends and she still wanted to be friends with him after the incident.

“My client was very drunk on the day and has no memory of the incident,” Mr Murray said.

“It was a very small knife he had, only 10cm in length for the entire knife.”

Mr Murray requested his client only be imprisoned for six months with a release date of yesterday for time already served.

Judge Koppenol sentenced Shaw to six months’ jail for going armed in public and three months jail for wilful damage to be served concurrent.

He was released on parole yesterday for 74 days already served.

Convictions were recorded for the five other charges but no further penalty was issued.

He was also ordered to pay $66 compensation for the broken window.

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