A MAN who stabbed his brother in the back when a simmering family feud exploded into violence has been jailed for more than a year.
Brendan McPherson, formerly of Griffith, was sentenced in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to reckless wounding.
A verbal clash about Facebook posts between McPherson and others at Wagga’s Marketplace shopping centre on June 23 drew a knife-carrying McPherson and a female to a Mumford Street house in Ashmont just after 2.30pm.
McPherson, 29, clashed with a man at the house before McPherson’s brother stepped in.
“We got into it, we were fighting, I was throwing punches at him and he was throwing punches at me,” McPherson’s brother told police.
Standing on the sidelines were the man McPherson had just clashed with – armed with a brick – and the female.
“Stab him, stab him,” the woman is alleged to have yelled to McPherson as he was backed up near a car in the driveway.
McPherson then stabbed his brother in the back, the knife causing one of the victim’s lungs to collapse.
McPherson fled the scene, throwing the knife from a car, and his brother was taken to hospital where he spent the next two days.
McPherson’s solicitor, John Weir, told the court there was an element of provocation and his client had fears because of his brother’s mate had a brick.
“It was not a gratuitous display of violence, there was context to it,” Mr Weir said.
He said McPherson took the knife with him because he felt he might have been overpowered.
Crown solicitor Lisa Hanshaw rejected the proposition McPherson took the knife because he was scared of his brother.
“The simple answer is if you are so scared of your brother, you don’t go there,” Mrs Hanshaw said.
Magistrate Michael Crompton assessed McPherson’s offence as being at the “utmost range” for reckless wounding.
“The sentence must appropriately reflect the need for specific and general deterrence for this kind of offending,” Mr Crompton said.
“It is an extremely serious offence and such conduct must be denounced by the court.”
Mr Crompton revoked a suspended jail sentence McPherson had been on for contravening an unrelated apprehended violence order and re-sentenced him to seven months in jail, with four months’ non-parole, from June 23.
For the stabbing, the magistrate imposed an 18-months’ jail sentence, with 11 months’ non-parole, from October 23. McPherson will be released on September 22 next year.