Sentence brings some relief to stab victim

RELIEF: Fraser Coast man Robin Drury and his parents Anne and Peter, left, are relieved after Eric Roger Frederick Heuer, whose flatmate stabbed him repeatedly in a frenzied attack with a knife in 2008, is sentenced to 13 years jail in Brisbane Supreme Court.
RELIEF: Fraser Coast man Robin Drury and his parents Anne and Peter, left, are relieved after Eric Roger Frederick Heuer, whose flatmate stabbed him repeatedly in a frenzied attack with a knife in 2008, is sentenced to 13 years jail in Brisbane Supreme Court. Rae Wilson

LIFE for Hervey Bay stabbing victim Robin Drury comes in two parts - before and after.

The date November 18, 2008, is the line in the sand.

It was the morning he woke up to his flatmate Eric Roger Frederick Heuer repeatedly stabbing him with a kitchen knife in a frenzied attempted murder without motive.

There are multiple telling scars on his head but there were 11 stab wounds in total.

Though relieved as his attacker was sentenced to 13 years behind bars, Mr Drury said his life would never be the same.

"I've gone from intense physiotherapy to try and get my left arm back as strong as possible to being told that it will never be even close to full strength," he said.

"I still take the same medications I was taking the day I got out of hospital for neuropathic pain in my left arm.

"It limits what I can do. I used to be an active sportsperson, play tennis and golf.

"I, at the time, was wanting to become a police officer and due to physical complications that's not an option.

"I've spent the past (almost) six years, and will continue into the foreseeable future, unsure of what lies ahead.

"It feels good to have it finished but it feels surreal to not have a court date in the future we've got to come back for."

Heuer, while chasing Drury up the stairs of their apartment, also caused grievous bodily harm to his other flatmate Rodney Pettitt.

Both would have died without surgical intervention.

Justice Jean Dalton declared Heuer's actions to be serious violent offences which means he must serve at least 80% of his jail sentence.

He has already spent about 5.5 years in custody while going through the Mental Health Court which found he was not of unsound mind and declared him fit to face trial.

Justice Dalton said Heuer, a pathological liar, did not seem to have expressed any remorse for his actions.

After hearing two days of, at times conflicting, evidence from psychiatrists, she said she could not conclude Heuer was suffering from a psychotic episode when he attacked his then friends.

Topics:  court crime sentencing stabbing violence

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