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Timothy James Mcarthur: 51-year-old man sentenced to prison after frightening woman with an axe

Jessica EvensenPerthNow - Central
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A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to jail after frightening a woman with an axe in Tuart Hill.

Timothy James Mcarthur appeared for sentencing in Perth’s Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina Prison on Friday after pleading guilty last year of being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear.

Mcarthur was also sentenced for three counts of a breach of bail, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug — including cannabis and amphetamine — in Nollamara, Northbridge and Mirrabooka, one count of possession of stolen property in Mirrabooka and one count of criminal damage or destruction of property in Tuart Hill.

Magistrate Robert Young imposed a nine-month jail term to cover all nine charges and made him be eligible for parole.

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The court heard that about 9am on January 2 last year, Mcarthur was involved in a verbal altercation with a woman — who he had known for about two months — on Waterloo Street in Tuart Hill.

He requested to come inside the woman’s house before revealing a 30cm green axe from his bag and saying he would “put an axe through the window”, causing the woman to lock herself inside her house, hide in her kitchen and call the police.

Mcarthur then used the axe to smash the windscreen and driver’s side of a Honda Jazz, which was parked outside.

Mcarthur later told police he had “just found the axe and just picked it up” and said he “did not smash any windows”.

Defence lawyer Linda Salsano said the altercation was in relation to the car which was co-owned by Mcarthur and the woman.

Ms Salsano went on to say Mcarthur had a “traumatic”, “emotionally deprived” and “terrible childhood”.

But Mr Young said Mcarthur had a “non-stop litany” of being an “ongoing danger” to the public.

“The only time when the community is safe from your volatile behaviour is when you’re in custody,” he said.

“I can only hope a longer term in prison would have a deterrent effect.”

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