Jailed over speargun attack

A man who fired a speargun into a house, missing the occupant by just a metre, has been sent to jail for a minimum of 15 months.

Samuel Moore, of Hillcrest Ave, North Narooma, appeared by audio visual link from South Coast Correctional Centre at Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday.

The 19-year-old was charged with firing a speargun into a building and affray after trying to “get square” with another man.

Police facts stated Mr Moore went to a house in Bodalla on August 3 after he heard about a relative’s altercation with another family.

The male victim was asleep inside and woke to hear Mr Moore and his co-accused yelling and thumping on the door.

Mr Moore was with a woman, who was armed with a baseball bat and who allegedly broke the window of the Bodalla house.

Mr Moore was trying to kick the front door and then aimed his speargun through the broken window and fired.

The spear missed the man, but was found lodged 25cm deep in the wall about one metre from where he was standing, police facts stated.

The victim grabbed a knife from the kitchen and yelled “ring the cops” hoping his neighbours would hear.

Mr Moore and his co-accused then left and were arrested later in Narooma.

On Monday defence solicitor Peter Ryan said there were concerns with Mr Moore’s health while in custody and that he had family support to help him get back on track.

However, Magistrate David Degnan said the facts were serious.

“These are particularly serious offences which could have resulted in very serious injury and/or death,” he said.

He said Mr Moore and his co-offender’s behaviour was motivated by “some kind of getting square”.

Mr Degnan said it warranted a custodial sentence.

He was sentenced to two years’ jail, to date from when Mr Moore was remanded in custody on August 8, with a 15-month non-parole period.

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