Jail for knife threat

A 31-YEAR-OLD man who threatened a Bundaberg nurse with a knife as she went to work was yesterday given an 18-month jail term.

But Shane Archibald Dickson, 31, formerly of Svensson Heights, was released on immediate parole after serving six months in pre-sentence custody.

Dickson pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court to going armed to cause fear, assault causing bodily harm and seven charges of breaching a court order.

Prosecutor Carly Whelan said Dickson had parked his car directly behind Jayne Dodson's car as she was going to work at a Bundaberg hospital on October 1, 2010.

Ms Whelan said Dickson got out of his car and demanded to know where “she” was, referring to his former partner.

The court was told Dickson threatened to kill Ms Dodson and pushed the knife against her stomach, breaking the first layer of skin.

Defence lawyer Simon Burgess said Dickson had been “confused and emotional” and wanted to reconcile with his former partner.

“He accepts that it was unreasonable and inappropriate to act in this way,” he said.

Mr Burgess told the court Dickson stopped an earlier committal hearing by pleading guilty before Ms Dodson could be cross-examined.

He said Dickson had the support of his family, who were in court as the sentence was handed down.

Judge Michael Noud said it “would have been a terrifying experience” for Ms Dodson when she was approached with a knife.

“She must have been overcome by fear as a result of your contact,” he said.

Judge Noud handed down an 18-month prison term for the assault and weapon charges, with an immediate parole release date.

He also ordered Dickson serve one month for each of the charges relating to breaching an order, which were to be served concurrently.

“I urge you to look at (your sentence) in a positive light and try and get some help,” he said.

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