Jailed for attack with bedlamp and knife


JEALOUSY over his teenage girlfriend having a prospective new romantic interest with another young man caused Luke Bell to break into her mother's Banora Point home then whack the man over his head with a bedside lamp before stabbing him with a kitchen knife.

Bell, 20, from Tweed Heads, was sentenced in Lismore District Court on Tuesday by Judge James Black to serve at least 18 months' jail after pleading guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to the 19-year-old man on March 13, 2008.

Bell and his 17-year-old girlfriend had only recently broken up.

Judge Black sentenced Bell to three years' jail with a non-parole period of 18 months, backdated to his date of arrest.

Lawyer Ralph James for Bell, argued there were special circumstances in the case with his client already in custody 15 months.

Mr James said Bell had realised that he must spend time in jail and did the right thing by surrendering to police the next day.

“From the time he woke up to what he had done he was filled, and overwhelmed, with grief that (the man) might have been killed,” Mr James said. Tendering a psychological report on Bell, Mr James used a legal argument of “disassociation”, stating that if that avenue of defence had been explored it could have led to an outright acquittal.

Instead Bell had put up his hand to “accept what is coming to him”.

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