Man in court for stabbing after dispute over cat poo

A Marong man who “accidentally” stabbed his brother in a dispute over a defecating cat has been given a three-month suspended jail term.

Adam French, 29, faced Bendigo Magistrates Court last week, pleading guilty to one charge of recklessly causing injury.

Leading Senior Constable Denis Farrell said French and his brother were at their Marong family home on Wednesday night when a fight broke out about the brother’s cat which had pooed in the hallway.

Leading Senior Constable Farrell said French started yelling abuse at his brother who then grabbed him by the shirt.

“The accused went to the kitchen and picked up several sharp kitchen knives,” he said.

“He held all of the knives up to the victim and moved them forward several times.

“The victim’s left arm was struck by the knives, causing three puncture wounds and a scratch.” 

Leading Senior Constable Farrell said the victim was bleeding heavily and had to be taken to Bendigo hospital, but did not require surgery.

Police arrested French at the scene.

“He said he was only trying to get the victim to back off and he accidentally stabbed the victim,” Leading Senior Constable Farrell said. French’s lawyer Megan Aumair said it was an argument that had gone “horribly wrong”.

“He had no intention to cause any injury and that’s recognised in the charge,” Ms Aumair said.

“It was an unfortunate incident not fuelled by alcohol or drugs.” Ms Aumair requested her client be placed on a community corrections order.

Instead Magistrate Richard Wright sentenced French to three months prison wholly suspended for six months.

“I have taken into account you have no relevant priors, your plea of guilty, and this was an accident more than anything,” he said.


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