A LAVINGTON man, who sometimes blacks out after drinking alcohol, has been put on an intensive corrections order over threatening a petrified family with a machete.
Luke Terrill, 19, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday for sentencing on charges of being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, malicious damage and intimidation.
He was so intoxicated he could not remember threatening the victim, his wife and three children last year.
They cowered in their home about 11pm on November 11 after Terrill went to their verandah and said: “Come out here or I’ll come in there and kill you all”.
“You’re the biggest dogs in the street. You always call the cops.”
Terrill smashed a front window and was holding a 50-centimetre machete.
The court was told when Terrill applied for bail last year that he had sought medication from a doctor for his alcohol abuse.
Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said Terrill wanted to do something about his abuse of alcohol and drugs.
“He concedes it was frightening for the people in there,” Ms MacDonald said.
Terrill’s sentencing had been adjournment for his assessment for an intensive corrections order.
He was deemed suitable for an order, but police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis questioned how such a penalty could be imposed while he remained in custody.
Terrill has other indictable matters pending and remains in jail.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said she would impose an 18-month order to start on March 28. Terrill would have to report to the Probation and Parole Service within seven days of his release.
She said a report showed Terrill had alcohol and drug issues.
“It seems to me you are not without hope of rehabilitation,” she said.
Terrill received a six-month corrections order for damaging property and a two-year bond for damaging property.
Terrill must abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to breath testing and monitoring and complete 32 hours of community work a month.
Ms Greenwood said Terrill would go straight to jail for any breach.