Wine bottle used in bizarre daylight stabbing
A CHAOTIC scene unfolded outside a Maryborough shopping centre as a heavily drunk man swung around a wine bottle, threatening to kill those in sight.
The holder of the weapon, Shane Michael Fitzsimmons, slashed a man's stomach using the broken bottle and hit the same man in the head with it.
Losing blood rapidly, the injured victim was rushed to hospital to undergo lifesaving surgery.
On Wednesday in Maryborough District Court, Fitzsimmons told the judge that he had made a formal apology to the man he had attacked after running into him in jail.
The court heart that during his performance on Bazaar St on December 6 last year, Fitzsimmons tipped furniture, kicked and punched a taxi, threatening to kill "anyone who gets in his way".
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty in court to grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding, five counts of common assault, four counts of wilful damage, and other offences.
The charges covered offences on five victims, including a 13-year-old boy.
The man who had been stabbed and hit with the wine bottle had been accompanying the teenage boy during their outing.
Speaking from the criminal dock during proceeding, Fitzsimmons stated that the common assaults were of a "verbal" nature.
It was not made clear during proceedings whether anything in particular sparked his outrage.
But defence barrister Paul Rutledge indicated that Fitzsimmons was heavily drunk at the time, and was suffering from health issues.
The victim underwent two surgeries after suffering lacerations to his temple and stomach.
He was released from hospital shortly after the surgeries.
Fitzsimmons was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail, immediately released on parole.
He served 185 days in custody following his arrest.
Judge David Reid sternly told him: "You have to give up the drink."