Eight years jail for “senseless and unprovoked attack”

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A Katanning man who committed a “senseless and unprovoked attack on a defenceless woman” in her own home leaving her with life-threatening injuries, has been jailed for eight years.

Terrence Rodd, 51, was sentenced in the Perth District Court last Friday after being found guilty at trial of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to do grievous bodily harm from the attack last year.

The court was told the 54-year-old victim spent four months in hospital recovering from her injuries consistent with a severe physical assault, including a serious brain injury, fractured eye socket and a collapsed lung, as well as numerous lacerations and bruises on her bodyfrom the assault on May 27.

She was found lying face-down on a sofa bed in her home alongside Rodd when police arrived at the home.

Medical experts who treated the woman and gave evidence formed the opinion the woman’s brain injuries and collapsed lung from having her ribs brokenwere life-threatening caused by strangulation and blunt-force trauma.

State prosecutor Alan Dungey opposed parole because of Rodd’s significant criminal record of violence.

“Clearly almost killing her is a breach of trust,” he said

“This offending happened at night, happened in her own home.

“This offender made no attempt to seek help for her.”

Defence lawyer Elizabeth Hamilton said her client had no recollection of the assault due to the amount of alcohol he had drunk, only remembering taking the woman to the sofa bed.

Judge Simon Stone said Rodd’s prospects of rehabilitation were “close to zero” when deciding not to make him eligible for parole.

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