Teenager stabs cousin over music volume at family party
ALL Jeneya Chelsy Anne Riggs wanted was to keep the peace.
Instead the Biloela teenager, 18, found herself thrusting a knife into her cousin's stomach because he wouldn't keep the music volume down.
Riggs subsequently ended up being cut-off from family members over the Christmas period in a Townsville correctional centre after she served 42 days in custody.
She yesterday appeared in Rockhampton District Court for sentencing charged with causing grievous bodily harm, following the stabbing in February last year.
The court heard yesterday her male cousin, who was 20 years old at the time, and a group of others were at her home in Biloela on February 23 for a party.
The court heard the group started drinking about 4pm.
As the night got on, people started leaving Riggs' home. Riggs' mother had gone to bed.
By 10.30pm there was only a small group of people left drinking, including Riggs' cousin.
The court heard it was at this point Riggs' cousin decided to turn up the music volume.
The court heard the defendant was inside cooking an omelette and had gone downstairs to tell her cousin to turn down the music.
When he refused to turn it down, she pulled the stereo cord out of the power socket.
Moments later the music was playing again.
The court heard the defendant went downstairs with a kitchen knife in her hand.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said it was not his client's intention to stab her cousin with the knife.
After a brief altercation, Riggs' cousin attempted to confront and stand over her.
She stabbed him suddenly out of fear.
She immediately ran inside the house to call an ambulance.
Mr Polley argued that Riggs, in part, acted in self defence but that was subsequently dismissed as she had pleaded guilty to the offence.
The court heard Riggs simply didn't want to attract police attention because officers had visited her house the night before after receiving noise complaints.
"You took on your mother's role, as the responsible adult, when she went to bed," Judge Smith said.
She was sentenced to three years imprisonment but was immediately released on parole.
She was also ordered to pay $3200 compensation to her cousin within a 12-month period.