Work order for stabbing elderly man

A Portland woman who inflicted life-threatening stab injuries on an elderly good Samaritan has been placed on an 18-month community corrections order (CCO).

Shardey Harrison, 22, had pleaded guilty in the County Court to recklessly causing injuryin Portland on April 22 this year when she stabbed an elderly man who came to her aid.

Prosecutor Ann Hassansaid the victim had been riding his bicycle when he had seen Harrison lying face down on the ground.

James Anderson, for Harrison,told the court that Harrison had been bashed twice that day by her former partner.

Harrison had lashed out at the victim and stabbed him because she thought he was going to assault her, Mr Anderson said.

Judge Smallwood said the man, aged in his early 70s, had been “totally innocent” and had been stabbed when he tried to help Harrison get inside.

Mr Anderson said Harrison had received facial injuries from the assaults from her former partnerand had gone outsidewhile she was intoxicated to seek help.

She was wearing only her underwear because her clothing had been ripped in the altercation with her former partner.

Mr Anderson told the court Harrison had the knife in her possession for her own protection.

Mr Anderson said Harrison had been bashed by her former partner on previous occasions and her former partner had been jailed for the bashings.

Judge Smallwood said the stabbed man had gone to The Alfred hospital’s intensive care unit in Melbourne and an artery in his head had been repaired.

The man had been left with a 10-centimetre scar above an ear, the judge told the court.

The victim had said the attack had left him scared of riding his bike at night and he had becomesuspicious of people.

Judge Smallwood, in sentencing,said he took into account there had been a long history of domestic violence between Harrison and her former partner.

He said an intervention order should keep Harrison’s former partner away from her.

Judge Smallwood said he also took into account Harrison’sguilty plea and the remorse she had expressed for her action.

The court heard that Harrison became aggressive when she was intoxicated but had not had an alcoholic drink since she was bailed forthe offence.

Judge Smallwood urged her to think of the stabbing whenever she was tempted to drink again.

He said the seriousness ofthe offence meant a community corrections order with a significant number of community work hours was required.

He ordered Harrison to complete 125 hours of community work.

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