Man threatened to kill family
A “CHRONIC alcoholic” who threatened to kill his entire family while brandishing a kitchen knife fronted court yesterday.
Jason Andrew Morgan, 26, was remanded in custody for 117 days after he was arrested for telling his mother, father and two sisters he would kill them if they did not get him booze.
He pleaded guilty to two charges including common assault and possessing dangerous drugs.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said police were called to a disturbance at Thabeban about 4.30pm on April 29.
The defendant's mother arrived home with her two daughters to find her son, Morgan, “heavily intoxicated”. He demanded to know where the alcohol was then attempted to get a knife out of the kitchen drawer, saying, “He's gonna get it when he gets home,” referring to his father.
Sgt Stevens said the man grabbed a knife and the victim ran to her daughters to get them out of the house.
Morgan stabbed a Tupperware container and yelled to his mother he was, “Gonna kill everyone and myself”.
The victim went into the kitchen once more to try to calm her son down but he held the knife to her chest and told her, “You might be next if you don't buy me more alcohol”.
“The women fled with the children and sent a text message to the father to tell him not to go home,” Sgt Stevens said.
When she did not receive a response, the victim drove home to check he was not hurt and she was again confronted by her son.
Police then arrived at the home and Morgan had to be taken to hospital because of his acute intoxication.
“THIS is a frightening and terrifying thing to happen to a mother trying to support her son,” Sgt Stevens said.
Probation Parole Officer Greg McMahon said Morgan was known to drink between four and eight litres of wine each day.
“I'm surprised he's still alive,” Mr McMahon said.
Defence lawyer Edwina Rowan said her client was remorseful for his actions.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Morgan to two years' probation saying custody had benefited him.
Defence lawyer Edwina Rowan said her client was very remorseful for his actions.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Morgan to two years probation saying the time in custody seemed to have benefited him.
“You stand there today looking a lot better physically and mentally than the last time you were before the court,” Ms Batts said.
“You’re still alive which may not be the case if you were still out there drinking at the level you were.”