Man who stabbed girlfriend back in jail after reoffending

A GLADSTONE man who stabbed a former girlfriend twice causing her life-threatening injuries must stay in jail another 12 months after breaching a suspended jail sentence by reoffending.

Ryan Miller, 34, had been released on parole after serving two years of a five-year jail term imposed for causing the woman grievous bodily harm five years ago.

Miller faced Judge Fleur Kingham at Gladstone District Court to be resentenced.

Prosecutor Sally Dreghorn for the Department of Public Prosecutions said Miller had a long criminal history and had committed more than 20 offences during the remainder of his suspended sentence.

He had now spent more than 12 months in custody for breaches including driving when disqualified, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and fuel drive-offs.

Ms Dreghorn said in December 2010 Miller argued with the woman, grabbed her by the throat, held her against a wall and choked her.

Ms Dreghorn said Miller also got a knife and stabbed the woman twice in her stomach. One wound was 18cm deep, and the knife cut her liver and small bowel.

"The wound would have been fatal without medical intervention," she said.

Ms Dreghorn said Miller's later driving offences posed a significant risk to other road users. Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said drugs and alcohol had been a problem for Miller, who also abused meth and ice.

"He is not without hope and does not blame anyone else. As long as he stays off these evils he should be right," he said.

Judge Kingham said the link between his drug use and offending was clear, but she did not want to impose a crushing sentence.

Miller will be eligible to apply for parole in May 2016.



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