Ballarat back-stabber jailed for CBD slashing

Police investigating the scene. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Police investigating the scene. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

A MOUNT CLEAR man who was high on a cocktail of ice and cocaine when he stabbed two people after a late night CBD brawl, was sentenced to three years and nine months' jail on Thursday. 

In sentencing Kyle Auchettl, 27, judge Paul Grant said: "You should not have been going out partying carrying a knife. 

"In my experience there's a short step between carrying a knife and using it, and in this instance it proved the case."

Mr Grant told a County Court sitting in Ballarat that Auchettl's judgment was impaired by the drugs he had consumed. 

"It's a reminder of the terrible impact consumption of these drugs can have on people's lives," he said. 

In summarising the victim impact statements, Mr Grant said one victim, who was slashed on his neck while he stood in a maxi taxi door way, was constantly reminded of the attack by looking at his scar. 

Police at the scene hours after the stabbing on Lydiard Street. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Police at the scene hours after the stabbing on Lydiard Street. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

The other victim, who was stabbed in the back by Auchettl, was still suffering psychologically from the incident on December 9, 2012, and had only returned to back to work this year. 

Auchettl's case was originally set for a trial, with identity set to be the main issue deliberated by a jury. 

However, one of the victims gave a new statement to police on July 16, in which he said Auchettl arranged to meet him and apologised for the stabbing. 

Mr Grant, reading the new statement out in court said: "Kyle then asked not to tell anyone we'd met. I knew we shouldn't have been talking as I was about to give evidence but I was scared and wanted closure."

Auchettl, who pleaded guilty to one charge of intentionally cause injury and one charge of intentionally cause serious injury on Monday, will serve a minimum of two years and three months before he is eligible for parole. 

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