A BENDIGO man who assaulted a random couple during a frightening, drunken attack has been jailed for eight months.
The 42-year-old man appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court last week where he pleaded guilty to charges including making threats to kill.
The court heard on the evening of October 12, the man went to his parents' West Bendigo home.
He was yelling and swearing as he stood outside of the rear door. He also threatened to kill his father.
The parents remained inside the property as their son hurled abuse for about 15 minutes. The father called 000.
The 42-year-old then walked to a neighbouring property where he banged on the rear door, yelling at the victims to leave his parents alone.
The man then picked up a decorative concrete boot and threw it at the door, smashing it.
He grabbed a piece of the smashed concrete and threw it at the couple's ute, damaging the windscreen.
The neighbours came out of their house and the man threw a piece of concrete at them after they told him to leave.
One of the neighbours, a man, came towards the 42-year-old and a scuffle broke out. The offender punched the man and pushed him to the ground, causing a cut to his cheek and a sore shoulder.
The victim's wife tried to push the offender off of her husband but the 42-year-old pushed her back.
The male victim held up a piece of concrete towards the offender, telling him to leave. The 42-year-old left before the police arrived.
Officers arrested the man after he was found hiding in bushland. The court heard he was on a community corrections order and bail at the time of the offending.
Defence lawyer Robert Timms told the court the man had a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality, so when he was sober, he was reasonable and intelligent but that changed when he drank alcohol.
"He turns into something shocking," Mr Timms said.
The defence lawyer said the man's prior offences were related to his alcohol addiction, so he needed rehabilitative support.
Mr Timms said the man had already served 49 days of pre-sentence detention under "very difficult" conditions in custody.
The defence lawyer submitted that a jail term with a variation to the existing corrections order would be within range for sentencing.
Magistrate Sharon McRae said the offending was "fairly frightening" and it was clear the man was "completely out of control".
Ms McRae said the man's prior convictions were "unbelievably unimpressive", but she understood alcohol was a catalyst for a lot of the offending.
"Addiction is very difficult, I understand that," Ms McRae said. "But when addiction causes people to be hurt... that puts it in a serious category.
"When you drink alcohol, the community is not safe."
Ms McCrae convicted and sentenced the man to eight months in prison, with 49 days of pre-sentence detention reckoned as already served.
His corrections order was also varied to recommence upon his release from prison. The order will last 12 months.
If the man did not plead guilty, he would have been jailed for 14 months with a non-parole period of eight months.
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