A TAMWORTH man who stole a knife and slashed another man in a drunken blur has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in jail.
Christopher Adam Hicks, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless wounding and one count of stealing a knife from a house in Glenn St during an altercation on March 31 this year.
Hicks was at a gathering with others when an altercation erupted.
The Tamworth District Court was told Hicks thought his girlfriend was being attacked, but in actual fact the victim was rescuing her.
“He was only trying to do good,” Judge Robert Toner said of the victim.
Hicks stole a knife from a Glenn St home before slashing a 16-year-old man during the physical altercation.
Hicks was also injured, sustaining bruising and swelling, but was arrested on the night and has been in custody since the incident.
The court was told Hicks doesn’t remember it, but the facts were based on eyewitness accounts.
He was heavily intoxicated at the time of the slashing, recording a blood alcohol limit of 0.260 when he was tested a short time later at the police station.
“I regret doing it ... I’m ashamed of myself,” Hicks told the court.
Judge Toner said it was a stroke of good luck that the situation wasn’t worse.
“Could have been so much worse,” Judge Toner said.
Judge Toner said the aggravating factor was that Hicks was on parole at the time.
“Out for a matter of moments really and this happens,” he said.
The court heard Hicks had never held a fulltime job, despite his age.
“He has had a truly dislocated childhood and adolescence,” Judge Toner said.
“Alcohol is the sole fuel for it.”
Judge Toner sentenced Hicks to three years in jail with a non-parole period of 18 months dating back to the incident.
Hicks remained silent as the sentence was read out, only turning to face his family when it concluded.
“Love youse all,” he told the court before being led away by Corrective Services officials.
Hicks will be eligible for parole in September, 2014.