Man threatened to ‘gut and slice’ mum and brother

A FARMHAND who threatened to slice and gut his brother and mother while armed with a large knife has been sentenced to 15 months jail.

However, Nicholas Trainor, 23, will be released on parole in December after pleading guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to four counts of threatening violence, going armed to cause fear, and four counts of assault.

The court heard Trainor suffered with drug-induced psychosis and ADHD, and had often self-medicated with methamphetamine since he was 15-years-old.

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Prosecutor Nina Sulzer said Trainor had grabbed a knife from his mother's kitchen drawer in Biloela on July 13, and during an argument with her stated: "Your son's fucked. I'm going to slice him one side to another. I'm going to gut him."

Ms Sulzer said when his mother continued telling him to put the knife down and called 000 for police help, Trainor lunged at her with the knife saying, "You better hang up or I'm going to kill you, gut you."

As she moved backwards away from him, Trainor threw the knife, which missed and struck the wall, bouncing to the floor.

His stepfather intervened, telling him to put the knife down.

Outside the house Trainor stabbed the knife into a railing near his mother's hand, then jumped over a gate and walked off armed with the 30cm knife.

Ms Sulzer said when a car approached, Trainor pulled the knife up, holding it in his right hand, but as the car driver slowed his parents yelled to keep going.

She said Trainor threatened the driver saying, "I'm going to kill the bastard" but the driver kept going, and Trainor then threatened to stab his stepfather.

Trainor lunged at her with the knife saying, "You better hang up or I'm going to kill you, gut you

When police arrived he yelled at the officers. The knife was found in a driveway.

The prosector also detailed another violent incident committed by Trainor.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito told the court of medical conditions Trainor had, including drug induced psychosis, and of personal family tragedy.

Mr Pepito said Trainor had taken himself off medication, and on the day of the assault had taken ecstasy.

He understood what he did was wrong and was remorseful.

Magistrate Mark Morrow said Trainor had spent 24 days in custody, was not suited to do unpaid community service work, and had previously received a suspended jail sentence for an unrelated assault.

He said when Trainor took himself off medication he became a danger to others by becoming violent, and potentially could have done a lot of harm with the knife.

When released on parole, Trainor will be supervised and expected to further his rehabilitation.



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