Man jailed for stabbing housemate
A MARYBOROUGH man suffered two collapsed lungs when he was stabbed four times during the height of the Brisbane floods in January last year.
Jai Dion Reynolds, 29, was in Brisbane to get his mining qualifications and staying with acquaintance Carl McAlevey.
Because the power had gone out at their Bowen Hills unit due to the peak flooding on January 12, the pair decided to get drunk at the nearby Jubilee Hotel.
Both short of money, they had a forceful argument about finances when they got home about 7.30pm.
McAlevey rang Triple-0 about Reynolds refusing to move out.
He told police "He's smashing up my house and I'm about to stab him".
Police then heard him say "get the f*** here, I'm going to kill this c***" before sounds of a scuffle.
Neighbours heard McAlevey yell out "Call an ambulance, I've stabbed him".
Reynolds spent six days in hospital with two chest wounds, causing collapsed lungs, a cut to his finger from trying to defend himself and a cut to his hip.
McAlevey pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday to malicious act intending to cause grievous bodily harm.
Justice George Fryberg jailed him for five years with parole eligibility in February, 2014.
He said it was fortunate the victim seemed to have enough strength of character to "rebuild his life" after this attack.
"Your conduct could have killed him," he said.
"Regret is not enough.
"Attacking someone with a knife is very serious conduct.
"Your conduct was that of a bully.
"You are a large man, Mr Reynolds is not a large man.
"I doubt you would have been so brave had Mr Reynolds been your size or larger.
"Because you had strength and body mass and intoxication, you felt you could act in the way you did."
Crown prosecutor Glen Cash said McAlevey did get a towel to stop blood flow when he realised what he had done but then lied to police, telling them he was defending himself after being first hit with a stick.
McAlevey's lawyer said his client was in the printing industry and he had a problem with alcohol.