A 25-year-old who threatened to kill his wife with a carving knife and was later stabbed by her has been sentenced in a court in Western Australia’s Mid West to four months’ jail.
The Geraldton Magistrates Court was told Picking eventually released the blade from his partner’s neck when she made mention of their children.
Police said Picking slashed two tires of a car so his wife was unable to travel to Perth and also damaged her mobile phone.
The court also heard that during a scuffle out the front of the property, Picking’s wife grabbed the large knife and stabbed him a number of times in the hands.
Picking, who is serving a three-year sentence at Hakea for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, also used his car to hit a parked vehicle that had a 10-month-old baby inside.
The baby was not injured.
In court today, Picking’s lawyer Kate Fry said her client had become angry because his wife had come home with methamphetamine and he had been trying to stay off the drug.
Ms Fry told the court the couple had a “volatile” relationship and said Picking’s wife had also held a knife to her client’s throat.
Magistrate Geoff Lawrence described Picking as a “poster boy” for what “methamphetamine could do to a person’s life”.
He told Picking that the addictive drug had caused “a lot of grief in your life and others’ lives and your business has suffered because of it”.
Magistrate Lawrence said he hoped others could learn from Picking’s case.
“This is what methamphetamine can do … ruin your life,” he said.
Picking pleaded guilty to seven offences and was fined $600 and given a four-month prison order, which will be served alongside his existing three-year jail term.