An Adelaide man who struck two friends on the head with a
meat cleaver because he wanted them to leave his house has
been jailed for at least one year and three months.
His male victim now has flashbacks that are so real that he
"can feel the blood squirting from the top of his skull and
he can also smell it", said Judge Geoffrey Muecke.
Travis David Hocking's female victim said the incident had
changed her life and her depression is so bad that she lives
in her son's shed.
Hocking, 41, of Morphett Vale, pleaded guilty in the SA
District Court to aggravated offences of causing harm with
intent to cause harm and assault on May 5, 2013.
Hocking, who was under the influence of amphetamines and
alcohol at the time, was also very stressed for reasons
including an upcoming trial and anger at rumours that he had
been unfaithful to his girlfriend.
He was breaking-up furniture in his shed when he became more
angry and used a meat cleaver on his friends, inflicting a
5cm laceration to the man's head and bruising to the woman's.
"I was told that you struck both of them in order to get them
to leave your house and premises," the judge said.
"You accept that your behaviour was outrageous and I was told
that you were quite remorseful.
"You accept that as a result of your intoxication, your
consumption of drugs and your constant inability to control
your temper, you have caused serious trauma to these two
victims, both of whom were friends of yours."
He set a maximum term of two years five months.