Steak knife stabbing over methadone sentence appealled

A MAN who was jailed after stabbing his brother in the arm with a 13cm steak knife after a row over methadone has claimed his sentence was excessive.

Joel Peter Presgrave, 25, pleaded guilty in the Ipswich District Court last year and was sentenced to four years jail for grievous bodily harm.

The court heard Presgrave, who had a long history of violence, got into a fight with his brother over methadone he had brought home from a clinic.

As the fight escalated Presgrave stabbed his brother with a 13cm steak knife up to the handle, breaking the blade off.

He then grabbed a bigger knife and tried to stab his brother before fleeing.

Presgrave, who represented himself and appeared via videolink, told the Queensland Court of Appeal on Tuesday (April 15) the sentence he received was excessive as the sentencing judge did not take into account other circumstances.

He claimed he should have received a sentence in the vicinity of two years.

"My older brother had picked on me my whole life," he said.

"We now have a good relationship since that event.

"It is probably the best we have got along in our entire lives."

Presgrave told the court his brother did not want to press charges in the matter and he had pleaded guilty to the offence at the first possible opportunity.

The court reserved its decision.



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