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Stab victim a ‘beast of a man'

A MAN who admitted to stabbing his brother in the back with a kitchen knife walked free yesterday after a jury found him not guilty of unlawful wounding.

Paul Andrew Hennessy, 28, of Branyan, was found to be acting lawfully when he stabbed his brother on May 14, 2009.

Bundaberg District Court listened to an hour-long recorded interview between the defendant and police officers on the night of the stabbing.

Hennessy described his actions against his brother, Michael - who allegedly has a history of violence - saying, “the villagers have raised up against the mighty ogre”.

“I didn't mean to hurt or maim or kill him,” he said.

“I just needed to show him, ‘end of story, boy, end of game'.”

Hennessy said Michael had flown into a rage following a conversation with his partner, which he ended by smashing the phone against a wall.

He then allegedly began threatening the family and kicking and punching walls and doors before heading into his mother's room.

Hennessy claimed his mother was crouched on the floor as Michael sat on top of her “punching into her head”.

Photographs of their mum were tendered, showing dark bruises around the her left eye.

Prosecutor Michael Cowen described Hennessy's account of how he chose where he would place the blade as “calculated” and “chilling” in his closing address.

“I put it in about four inches down from his left shoulder blade and four inches away from his spine,” Hennessy told police.

The court heard the victim had trained in martial arts for several years and described Hennessy as someone who “couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag”.

“I would make sure I stopped him one way or the other, whether it was through fist or by stabbing,” Hennessy told police.

“You might think Michael Hennessy is a beast of a man who stooped to the level of using violence against his mother,” defence barrister Julie Sharp told the jury.

“This man was out of control and has shown a willingness to inflict violence against his mother in the past. These actions came after Paul saw his violent and furious beast of a brother belting into his mum.”




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