'You stole my weed. Tell me why I shouldn't take your eye out'
A HARD-WORKING chef who "snapped" after a housemate stole marijuana from his room held a steak knife to the man's throat and told him "you stole my weed, tell me one reason why I should not take your eyeball out".
Robert Arthur Grandi, 57, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay to unlawful wounding.
Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan told the court Grandi had been living with a 19-year-old housemate with whom he "smoked dope".
Mr Manttan said there was some animosity between the men after Grandi realised money had been stolen from his room.
He said that, on December 18, 2011, Grandi came home and grabbed his housemate by the throat, while holding a steak knife, and threatened to cut his eyeball out because the man had stolen his "weed".
Grandi then cut the man across the cheek, from his neck to his eye, he said.
Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan said Grandi had been born in America and moved to Melbourne in 1980 to work as a chef.
She said he had been a long-time smoker of cannabis for relaxation and pain relief.
Ms Hartigan said her client had a rental property at Armstrong Beach and had visited Mackay in 2011 to repair the property after tenants destroyed it.
She said while working on the unit Grandi had lived with a friend and the housemate, who was now serving a jail sentence for robbery.
After the housemate stole Grandi's money he taunted the man, saying "what are you going to do about it, you old (expletive)", she said.
Ms Hartigan said Grandi was shocked by his actions and had only intended to scare the housemate.
Judge John Baulch sentenced Grandi to 18 months in prison, wholly suspended for two years.
"You must be feeling a bit ashamed of yourself," he said.
"Your offence was a serious one… you were a mature man at the time and you should have known better."