Ballarat knife attacker jailed for 12 months

A WENDOUREE woman involved in a series of daylight knife attacks in Ballarat’s CBD was jailed on Thursday. 

Brooke Smith, formerly known as Brooke Pring, 18, pleaded guilty to a string of charges in Ballarat Magistrates Court earlier this month in relation to three separate incidents that occurred in the space of 10 days. 

The charges included recklessly causing serious injury, possessing a controlled weapon, unlawful assault, possessing methamphetamine and possessing a weapon while on bail. 

On Thursday, she was sentenced to 12 months in a youth detention centre.

The court previously heard that on March 14, Smith was at Central Square in Ballarat with her sister and friends when they became involved in an argument with another group. 

The court heard Smith produced a Stanley knife from her bra and made a cut under the left eye of one member of the group.

During an admission to police, Smith said she carried a knife with her for “personal safety”.  

"I'm sure you wouldn't like it if your face was cut." - Magistrate Ian von Einem

The court also heard Smith and her friends became involved in an altercation with a security guard at McDonald’s in Bakery Hill on March 20. 

Smith hit a shift manager on the neck and shoulder when she became involved in the incident. 

After her arrest, police searched the accused and found 0.06 gram of ice and an ice pipe hidden in her underwear. 

Smith was also charged after she stabbed a victim in the right hand, after chasing her down Little Bridge Street and pushing her against a wall on March 24.

Magistrate Ian von Einem said Smith's crimes were "very serious."

"Can you just imagine what these people went through ... these were innocent people," he said.

"I'm sure you wouldn't like it if your face was cut."

Smith's sentence counts 58 days already served in custody awaiting sentencing.

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