Jail for offender who held knife to man's throat

HE slashed the throat of his girlfriend's brother, but 24-year-old Robert Daniel McArthur has lost no love since, being supported in court by his partner.

Coming off a two-week bender on methamphetamines, McArthur pulled an eight-inch long kitchen knife on his partner's brother during an argument.

The confrontation, over unflattering rumours, resulted in a five centimetre laceration to the victim's neck, just below his Adam's Apple.

Further injury was caused to his thumb and hand after he held the blade of the knife with his arm to defend himself.

It was not until a third party intervened that McArthur stepped away.

He later told police he "felt there was a demon inside me".

McArthur was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment, but was to be released on parole on April 28 after entering a guilty plea in Gladstone District Court yesterday.

He was supported in the courtroom by his partner and father.

Judge Michael Burnett said the defendant had clearly frightened his victim, enough so that he risked a potentially serious injury in holding up his hand in defence.

"This sort of offence causes quite a bit of concern in the eyes of the public," the judge said.

"What you sought to do was scare the complainant. It's obvious you did much more than that."



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