Jealous rage - Court hears of ex-boyfriend?s sword and car attack

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

A JEALOUS ex-boyfriend attacked his former girlfriend's new lover with a sword and ran him over with a Holden SS Commodore, the Lismore Local Court was told yesterday. Leonard Thomas Johnson, 31, of Barkers Vale, appeared in court via video link from a Sydney prison charged with attempted murder, malicious wounding and driving while disqualified. A statement of police facts tendered to the court alleged Johnson went to the Lillian Rock home of his former girlfriend's partner in May and yelled, "I'm going to get a gun and come back and kill you." On July 10, about 5am, it was alleged Johnson and an unknown male drove to the man's house again. The man allegedly went outside thinking it was a lift to work when the car was driven directly at him, pinning his body against a large fig tree. The man was allegedly rammed by the car again and became stuck under the engine mount. Johnson then got out of the car and repeatedly struck the man's head, chest and arms with a 60cm long sword, causing him to black out. As the attack occurred, the unknown male with Johnson was reportedly pointing a sawn-off rifle at two other men on the verandah of the property. The police statement said the victim eventually regained consciousness and walked to the verandah. Police said Johnson later crashed the vehicle. Johnson allegedly turned himself in at the Lismore police station on July 13, where he was arrested. The victim of the attack was forced to undergo orthopaedic surgery as a result of a crushed vertebra. He also sustained five fractured ribs, a punctured lung, numerous stab wounds to the chest and cuts to his head and arms. Johnson is due to reappear in the Lismore Local Court on October 19.



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