Man jailed for witness threat
A MAN who threatened a witness in a Lismore court room last week has been jailed for at least seven months.
The man, 40, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was seen making a 'throat-slitting' gesture at a woman who was giving evidence against him in a common assault case. He also made verbal threats against her.
The threats were seen and heard by the magistrate.
The offender's defence acknowledged it was a 'silly act' because it was done in a public place and cameras were recording his actions.
In sentencing the man last week, Magistrate Michael Dakin said he had 'no alternative' but to send the man to jail.
He said such incidents 'strike at the heart of the administration of justice'.
However, Mr Dakin also took into account 'special circumstances', including the fact that the offender suffered from an acquired brain injury.
The man was sentenced to 12 months in jail with a non-parole period of seven months.