Ice user’s threats to mother brings two months' jail

Luke John McKenzie, 32, of Addison Street, Casterton, was sentenced in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday.

Luke John McKenzie, 32, of Addison Street, Casterton, was sentenced in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday.

AN ice user who threatened to kill his mother has been jailed for two months. 

Luke John McKenzie, 32, of Addison Street, Casterton, was sentenced in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday. 

Last month the court heard that McKenzie had been using ice when he visited his mother’s home on June 12, breaching an intervention order. Several days later he returned to the address, again affected by ice and removed two kitchen knives while threatening to kill his mother. 

A statement from McKenzie’s mother read to the court in June heard she feared for her life. 

“His eyes were glazed over as if had taken drugs. He said he had taken a lot of ice and he felt like he could kill someone,” her statement read. 

“I’m scared because I don’t know what he is capable of.” 

The court also heard McKenzie was on a suspended sentence at the time of offending. 

In sentencing McKenzie yesterday, magistrate Peter Mellas said the 32-year-old was a shearer who generally showed concern for his family, but was continually led astray by crystal methamphetamine ice use. 

“When you use ice, you behave in ways that just frighten people,” Mr Mellas told McKenzie. 

“My view is that you have a limited history, but it is very concerning. All your history has been towards one person and that is your mother.” 

McKenzie was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment as well as a 12-month community corrections order to be served following the prison sentence.

Mr Mellas said McKenzie had been given sufficient warning by the court to kick his ice habit.

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