By Meg Kennedy
A young man will spend up to two-years in jail after the court heard three accounts of violence, including assaulting an off-duty police officer.
Brandyn Wetherall appeared before Magistrate Gregory Robinson at the Bacchus Marsh court, handcuffed and flanked by police, on Friday, 9 November.
The 23-year-old had pleaded three incidents of assault; including attacking two individuals with a knife at Southland Shopping Centre, a family violence incident against the accused’s mother, and assaulting an off-duty police officer on a V/Line train.
The accused had spent 71-days in custody before his court appearance.
Mr Wetherall’s defence lawyer argued the drug use was “a symptom of his mental health issues”, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, describing the latter as “at play” during the time of offending.
The court heard the accused had been hit by a car a few years prior, and regularly took drugs including methamphetamines, speed and MDMA.
“He’s still a young man,” argued the accused’s lawyer.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court the acts were “a terrible thing for a people to witness”, and that Wetherall was “a danger to the community if not imprisoned”.
“Someone did have the guts to stand up, [and they] end up in hospital,” she told the court.
Magistrate Robinson said “for [him] to be carrying on like that is unacceptable.”
Wetherall was sentenced to a total of 24-months in prison for all charges, with a non-parole period of 15-months, as well as an $800 fine for driving whilst disqualified.