Posted November 18, 2019 14:10:30A Melbourne man has been sentenced to three years’ jail and nine years’ probation for the horrific stabbing of his neighbours.
The 29-year-old man had been drinking at his flat when the incident took place on the morning of October 3, 2017.
He was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted murder, four counts of animal cruelty and one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.
He admitted the offences and was jailed for the period of two years and three months at Melbourne Magistrates Court.
Judge Robert Williams said the man’s actions were “reckless and stupid” and he had caused his victims “great distress and pain”.
“It is an incident which occurred in an extremely poor state of health, but it was not a violent act,” he said.
“It was a cowardly attack on a group of people who were being fed up and concerned for their well-being.”
The court heard the man was known to the victims and had recently been diagnosed with mental health problems.
He said the victims had lived at the same address for some time.
The judge said it was important to take into account the man had lived in the same apartment complex for some years.
He ordered the man not to have contact with the victims or their pets.
The man was remanded in custody to appear in the Magistrates’ Court on January 17.
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