Parole for man in axe attack
A MAN who bashed his neighbour's head with a wooden handle was jailed for three years with immediate parole yesterday, with the judge advising he seek help addressing his anger issues.
Damien Lloyd Matthews pleaded guilty to one charge of assault causing bodily harm, after the attack on Australia Day last year.
The court heard Matthews was working away and when he came home, his partner complained that her neighbour had been abusive.
Prosecutor Greg Cummings said when the victim tried to talk to 34-year-old Matthews about the disagreement, a scuffle broke out in the car park of their Millbank units.
“A witness saw them grappling with each other,” Mr Cummings said.
While the initial fight died down, it flared up later when Matthews was spotted going back to the car park with a piece of timber similar to an axe handle.
“He swung a piece of timber, striking the complainant on the top of his head and his shoulder,” Mr Cummings said.
Matthews admitted striking the man several times, leaving him with a fractured jaw and a cut to his head that required treatment in Brisbane.
“The complainant was basically left a bleeding man on the driveway,” Mr Cummings said.
“He was in significant pain for six weeks, and couldn't use his jaw properly for four months.”
He said Matthews had an extensive criminal history throughout New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.
“My submission is that he be sentenced to two to three years imprisonment, as his offence involves the use of a weapon and he has significant history,” Mr Cummings said.
“However, I have to concede in light of the time he has spent in custody, a release date of tomorrow is not out of line.”
Defence barrister Peter Richards said he could not quibble with the suggestion, as it would allow Matthews to care for his morbidly obese mother.
Handing down the sentence, Judge Keith Dodds ruled Matthews would be eligible for parole today, timing his parole date to match the parole date for his other offences.
“If you break parole, you will do the three years inside a prison,” Judge Dodds told Matthews.