‘This is not a joke’: Man, 28, who stabbed his girlfriend in front of friends in a ‘stupid’ ‘stunt’

Posted October 15, 2018 09:00:00 The man who stabbed a woman and two of her friends in front, and then told police he was just trying to ‘get the hell out of the way’, has been jailed for life.

The 28-year-old man, of Oakleigh in Sydney’s south-east, told police his girlfriend and two friends had been playing video games on his phone and the pair had gone outside to the street to have a drink when they got into an argument.

The pair were allegedly drunk when he got into the middle of the argument, and punched her.

The accused told police the victim and his friends were “trying to get the hell off the street” when they were hit.

The man, who cannot be named, told the court he was on his way home from the cinema at around 1.45pm when he “just happened to be looking out the window and saw a young woman sitting on the sidewalk in a bikini”.

He said he “fucked up” and hit her, but did not stab her.

“I was shocked,” he said.

The court heard the accused had previously been charged with assaulting a woman in February, and had pleaded guilty to assaulting a female in March.

He was not charged in relation to the alleged stabbing in front on Saturday night.

“This is a stupid stunt,” the man told police.

“It’s not funny.

This is not funny at all.”

He was also told he could have faced a maximum of 10 years’ jail if found guilty.

The judge said the man had been “truly a good person” and had “a great sense of humour”.

“He’s a good man and his life is in danger, and he’s a man,” Judge Stephen O’Brien said.

“The damage done to him and the community will not be undone.”

He also said he had found the accused’s actions “very difficult” to comprehend.

The 27-year of Blacktown was found guilty of aggravated assault and a number of other charges relating to the incident.

Judge O’Neill said the incident had “shaken the community”.

“It was a truly shocking incident,” he told the defendant.

You hit her because you thought she was a nuisance.” “

You have a young girl in your arms and you’ve hit her.

You hit her because you thought she was a nuisance.”

The accused, who has a previous conviction for assaulting a police officer, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

The victim was also given a suspended jail term and was ordered to undergo a psychological assessment.

The couple, who are from Blacktown in the south-west, were not charged with any offence in relation, and police said the victim was expected to recover.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon.

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