Man stabs car tyre in odd attack

A MAN who raised a knife at a family before running it down a car and stabbing a tyre faced two charges in court on Friday.

Marcus Noel Parsons, 18, of Bundaberg was charged with possession of a knife in public and wilful damage after the November 14 incident.

Parsons entered a Bourbong Street premises, where he worked part-time and where the victim was a regular patron.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Robyn Shapcott, said the defendant approached the victim and punched her in the back, before leaving the centre.

The court was told the victim and her daughters later left the premises and saw Parsons approach them from an alley.

“He had his left hand above his head and was holding on to a knife,” Sgt Shapcott said.

The blade of the knife was running along the defendant’s arm.

The police prosecutor said the man went to the victim’s car and ran the knife down the whole passenger side of the vehicle before stabbing a front tyre.

“He threw the knife down a drain in Bourbong Street, near the Hungry Jacks,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Police located the knife after interviewing Parsons.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts told Parsons, who pleaded guilty to the charge and was representing himself, to get some legal advice.

She stood the matter down for about an hour so the defendant could talk to defence lawyer Matthew Messenger.

When the matter re-convened Mr Messenger said Parsons was not coping well with a relationship breakdown when the incident occurred.

The victim was claiming more than $1400 restitution for the damage to the car, which the defendant indicated he wanted to pay.

“He’s going to suffer significant financial detriment, it being a substantial restitution,” Mr Messenger said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts ordered Parsons to enter a $450 good behaviour bond for nine months and was ordered to pay $1420.98 in restitution for damage caused.

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