Man loses appeal over karaoke knife attack

A student who used a knife to slash a man's chest and hands during an argument over a karaoke bar tab has lost an appeal against his sentence.

Qianli Ma, 28, was sentenced to 18 months' jail in August after pleading guilty in the Brisbane District Court to one count of unlawful wounding.

The sentence was suspended after Ma served three months.

During the hearing the court was told Ma got into an argument with the victim outside a karaoke bar at Sunnybank in Brisbane in January this year.

Ma said he was going to get money to pay his share of the bill but instead returned with a knife which he used to cut the victim's hands and chest. The victim required stitches to the wounds.

The Chinese student took his case to the Court of Appeal in Brisbane earlier this month, arguing language barriers had caused him to plead guilty to a set of facts about the incident to which he did not agree.

The court today rejected this argument, saying Ma had pleaded guilty to a charge which did not require proof of any intent for him to harm the victim.

The court also rejected Ma's arguments that the sentence was manifestly excessive, finding it was in line with comparable cases.

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