A WARRNAMBOOL magistrate requested a Warrnambool man involved in escalating violence be held in custody while a mental health assessment is completed before sentencing.
Glenn John Moore, 40, of Silesia Court, has pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to a range of offences including recklessly causing injury and making threats to kill.
He did not enter any plea to a charge of trafficking drugs while police continue to investigate the contents of his mobile telephone and other allegations.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said he was not prepared to sentence Moore until a complete picture of the defendant’s mental health was known.
He ordered a Forensicare report be prepared and remanded Moore in custody until December 5.
The magistrate said Moore could be suffering brain damage and a victim impact statement of the defendant’s former partner indicated a horrifying and complete breakdown of the accused’s conduct.
Mr Klestadt said threats of violence by Moore had been repeated after he was in custody and the magistrate was strongly against his release until a diagnosis was received and planning in place.
“The circumstances are far too serious for you to be released today,” he told Moore.
Police alleged that during the past six months Moore’s irrational and abusive behaviour towards his parents and wife had escalated. Recently verbal abuse had led to physical abuse and threats.
Police said that on August 17 Moore attended his parents’ home in Barton Court where he let himself in and stole prescription medication, an Esky and a chainsaw.
Two days later he telephoned his father and verbally abused him. When asked when he was going to return a borrowed woodsplitter, Moore replied he would put it in his father’s skull
Between August 19 and 29 it was alleged Moore went to his parents’ home, banged on their door, abused them and threatened to burn their caravan.
On September 11 a verbal argument with his wife again turned physical. Moore is alleged to have slapped her with an open right palm causing swelling and a split lip. He then put his hands around her throat, saying he hated her and was going to kill her.
The victim fought back and hit Moore with a coffee mug to the forehead, causing a laceration. He then picked up a meat cleaver and said he would cut his wife into pieces.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said Moore’s family had no doubt their son, brother and partner had become addicted to ice methamphetamine and cannabis.
He said police had grave concerns for the mental health of the defendant and what he may do if released from custody.
Defence counsel Alex McCulloch said further investigation into his client’s mental health was needed.