THE sentencing of a Lavington man who wielded a machete when threatening a petrified family inside their home has been deferred.
Luke Terrill appeared in Albury Local Court through a video link from Junee jail on charges of being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, malicious damage and intimidation.
He had previously pleaded guilty and a pre-sentence report was ordered.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said yesterday the matter was too serious for anything other than a jail term.
But she said Terrill had good prospects of rehabilitation and she would have him assessed for an intensive corrections order which would involve abstaining from alcohol.
Under a corrections order, the offender lives in the community but under strict supervision.
The sentencing has been adjourned until March 7.
The court has previously been told Terrill, who sometimes blacks out after drinking alcohol, had no recollection of his frightening antics.
A man, his wife and three children aged 10, six and three months were in their home about 11pm on November 11 when they heard yelling.
The man looked out a window and saw Terrill holding a machete.
Terrill walked on the verandah of the family’s home and said: “You’re the biggest dogs in the street. You always call the cops.”
The man’s wife had phoned the police and they then heard a front window smash.
The machete came through a window with Terrill still holding it.
Terrill shouted: “Come out here or I’ll come in there and kill you all”.
Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said the aggravating feature was that this occurred at somebody’s home but Terrill was so drunk he remembered nothing of the incident.