Man jailed for sword threats

A FORMER Thurgoona man yesterday received a 13-month jail term for threatening his former de facto partner with a sword and suggesting he would kill her.

Garry Phillips was confronted by his estranged partner on September 14 after she became aware he was involved in a new relationship.

A court heard yesterday how Phillips had produced a sword and said: “I’m going to kill you.”

His former partner left immediately, fearing he would carry out his threat.

She delayed reporting it to police through fear of what Phillips would do.

The woman made a police statement on October 25 and was visibly upset as she recalled what had taken place.

Phillips, 26, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday for sentencing on charges, including breaching an apprehended violence order, assault, intimidation, two counts of disqualified driving and receiving property stolen outside the state.

He is already serving a seven-month jail term for threatening to kill his former partner with more than 300 text messages over two days in October.

Phillips was given that jail term this month.

Police saw Phillips on a Yamaha motorcycle on Dallinger Road on October 13.

A check revealed Phillips was disqualified until 2015 and the motorcycle was stolen from Melbourne last January.

Phillips said he had bought it at an Albury park for $1500 when its second-hand price was upwards of $12,000.

“I accept drugs and alcohol are a major issue for you,” magistrate Megan Greenwood told Phillips.

She said he and other men needed a message about his type of offending and sentenced him to a 20-month jail term with a minimum of 13 months, on the intimidation charge.

He received eight months concurrent for disqualified driving and bonds for the other matters. His driving ban was extended by two years.