Man jailed for cutting his brother's neck in sword attack
A MAN who cut his brother's neck with an ornamental sword has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.
The incident happened in the early hours of January 1 when Matthew Norris Waterton, 35, got into an altercation with his brother.
The Hervey Bay District Court heard the Kawungan man had been celebrating new year with his family when his brother arrived in an intoxicated state.
An argument started between Waterton's brother and partner and she eventually asked him to leave the property.
The court heard the victim had refused to leave before moving over to the front gate of the property, which he kicked off its hinges.
Waterton went inside and armed himself with an ornamental sword to scare his brother.
Waterton went towards his brother holding the sword like a spear and inflicted a wound to his brother's neck.
The court heard the wound had been 4cm long and 2cm wide and Waterton's brother had remained in hospital for two days after the incident.
Waterton, a father of five, had asked several times about his brother's wellbeing while he was in custody.
The court heard Waterton had been born with foetal alcohol syndrome as his mother was an alcoholic.
He had been in foster care as a child.
His history of violent offending was also taken into account during sentencing.
He was sentenced to jail with a parole release date of March 22, 2014.