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Zeehan man jailed for attacking housemates after they said they wanted to move out


An 83-year-old Zeehan man who attacked his two housemates with a hatchet after they informed him they wished to maneuver out has been going to 3 and a half years in jail.

Richard Andrew Burke appeared within the Launceston Supreme Courtroom and admitted to attacking his housemates whereas they have been sleeping of their bed room at 4am on June 19, 2021.

The court docket heard Burke lived with 80-year-old Wendy Geddes and her daughter, 65-year-old Tracey Geddes.

“You went into their room, armed with a hatchet, whereas they have been each asleep and struck Wendy within the head,” Supreme Courtroom Justice Robert Pearce stated in his sentencing submissions.

“Woken by this, Tracy ran over to disarm you … you then struck her on her arm and head.

“Wendy wrestled with you and disarmed you … they then took their automobile keys and fled, and known as the police.”

Tensions flared after houseboat plans

The court docket heard the three had been mates for over a decade and shared a liked of boats.

The strain between them had arose when the Geddess determined to maneuver to Victoria and purchase a houseboat.

The court docket heard Burke had paid the deposit for the Zeehan home they lived in and the ladies have been going to contribute the rest after the sale of their home in Queenstown.

However the ladies modified their minds and informed Burke they have been going to maneuver.

“You turned offended and upset,” Justice Pearce stated.

Burke pleaded responsible to committing an illegal act meant to trigger bodily hurt by putting Wendes Geddes within the head, face and arms, inflicting deep lacerations.

He additionally pleaded responsible to deliberately inflicting bodily hurt to Tracey Geddes by putting her to the pinnacle and left arm with the identical ax.

The court docket heard the ladies have been deeply spiritual and had suffered psychologically for the reason that assault.

Justice Pearce additionally stated Burke and his mom have been prisoners of struggle in World Battle II.

Burke shall be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence.

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