Man threatened at knifepoint during fight at party

A URANGAN mother held a knife at a man's neck and threatened to slit his throat during a house party in Gladstone, a court has heard.

Jessica French, 40, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court on Monday to threatening violence.

The court heard French was involved in an argument with another party goer at the Gladstone home on July 25 last year after she was pushed, causing her to hit her head.

French then went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife.

It was there she and the man had words and an argument broke out.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said sometime later, French grabbed another partygoer by the hair, pulling back his head and holding the knife to his throat.

French then threatened to slit the man's throat.

Mr Hynes said another person at the party was able to grab French and take the knife away from her.

 

"It all happened rather quickly," he said.

 

Defence barrister Paul Rutledge said French began to have serious problems with alcohol in her mid-30s after a relationship break-down and being diagnosed with cancer.

He said the disease was so aggressive French had a double mastectomy and her gallbladder removed.

"Essentially her life has fallen apart and she has gone to drink," he said.

He said she worked as a cleaner and had been in her job since the beginning of the year.

Mr Rutledge said French had reduced her drinking to a low level since November last year.

Judge Helen Bowskill urged French to continue to turn her life around.

 

"I would politely suggest that you become a non-drinker," she said.

 

"It doesn't seem like something you can control."

Ms Bowskill sentenced French to eight months prison with immediate parole release.



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