Rosewood stabber's sentence 'severe' not 'excessive'

A MAN who attacked a teenage girl he was drinking with in a Rosewood park and then stabbed a teenage boy who came to her defence will remain behind bars after the Supreme Court found his sentence was "severe" but not excessive.

Jason Robert Sargent, 44, was drinking in a Rosewood park with a group of teenagers in April 2013. He had met one of them the day before.

During the night for "no discernible reason" Sargent punched the girl in the arm, grabbed her by the neck with both hands and hit her in the head.

A teenage boy they were drinking with tackled Sargent to the ground to get him off the girl. Sargent then pulled a knife out and stabbed the boy in the abdomen, lacerating his liver then slashed him across the forearm.

Sargent fled the scene and got on a bus to leave the area. As he waited for the bus to leave, police arrested him and found the knife on the bus.

Sargent was jailed in 2015 for six years with parole eligibility halfway through and allowance for time in custody

He appealed his sentence, claiming it was manifestly excessive and that his prison experience was worse than most after he was bashed in prison and stress caused damage to his heart.

While he was in prison doctors had to restart Sargent's heart twice after he was rushed to hospital with heart problems caused by stress.

Sargent claimed his stabbing of the teenage boy was in self-defence - a claim Justice Hugh Fraser said had a "hollow ring" to it as the boy only attacked him to help the girl.

"Although the sentence imposed upon (Sargent) is severe, it is not manifestly excessive," Justice Fraser said in denying the appeal. - APN NEWSDESK


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