Bacchus Marsh man earns no extra time: court

A BACCHUS Marsh man found guilty of making a threat to kill will serve no extra jail time, a court has heard.

Christopher Marra was on parole when he threatened to kill Wayne McKay on January 30 last year. 

Yesterday Marra appeared in the dock of the County Court in Ballarat, where Judge John Carmody sentenced him to four days in prison, which has already been served.

The court heard that Marra has been in custody for about 15 months after his parole was recalled.

In sentencing, Judge Carmody said the impact on the victim “must be seen as low”.

He urged Marra to behave upon his release. “Mr Marra, when you get out of jail do your best to keep out of trouble more than 11 months,” he said.

“You’re too old to keep going back to jail.”

Marra had elected to have the case heard before a jury in the County Court, and was acquitted on all but the one charge.

During the five-day trial, Mr McKay gave evidence claiming Marra set upon him following his arrival at a mutual ex-girlfriend’s home.

But the jury dismissed the allegations, along with claims Marra had stabbed Mr McKay’s hand.