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'Machete' attack puts a local man behind bars

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April 19, 2018

Shane Gordon Charles, 29, pleaded guilty to seven charges at Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including two counts of criminal damage, intentionally causing injury and threats to kill.

A KYABRAM man who wielded a “machete-like” instrument and punched a woman four times in the face during an attack on his neighbour’s house has been handed a one-month jail sentence.

Shane Gordon Charles, 29, pleaded guilty to seven charges at Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including two counts of criminal damage, intentionally causing injury and threats to kill.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said Charles invaded his neighbour’s Kyabram property on September 16 at 8.20pm.

“He started yelling for the owner of the house, ‘where are you Jack, I’m gonna get you. Where’s my sh**’,” Snr Constable Hitchens said.

The accused then approached a male visitor who was out the front of the neighbour’s house and held him by his shirt.

“The victim grabbed a hold of the blade of the machete-type object to hold it away from him,” Snr Constable Hitchens said.

“Charles yelled again, ‘I’m gonna kill you, where’s my sh**’. The victim then had to dodge the machete as the accused swung it at him.”

Charles eventually let go of the victim’s shirt and walked towards the front door of the house, kicking it open.

He then walked to a vehicle parked in the driveway, kicking and stabbing its door with the machete.

At this time a female visitor at the neighbour’s house approached Charles.

“He yelled at her, ‘where the f*** is my kids’ sh**?’ and then spat at her and punched her in the face twice,” Snr Constable Hitchens said.

“The accused then threatened to chop them up with the machete and punched the female victim again.

“He punched her one more time. The last punch knocked her to the ground and blood spilled from her head onto the pavement.’’

Magistrate John Bentley said it was imperative Charles spend time in jail.

“He doesn’t need a lengthy jail sentence — but he must go to jail,” he said.

“You don’t hit a woman four times. And you don’t walk around threatening people’s lives.”

Charles was sentenced to one month in jail and a 14-month community corrections order.

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