News

Six years in jail for street stabbing

A GOOD Samaritan was repeatedly stabbed for trying to help a woman as she was being attacked, an Ipswich court heard.

The man had come to the aid of the woman after an altercation broke out between her and her partner at Sadliers Crossing on June 23 last year.

Christopher Mark Shersby, 19, who knew the boyfriend, grabbed the victim by the throat and held him in a headlock before he produced a knife and stabbed the man three times.

At sentencing in Ipswich District Court yesterday, the court heard the man was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries.

He received extensive ongoing treatment for further complications and suffers ongoing spine and kidney problems.

Shersby pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm and two counts of unlawful wounding.

He was sentenced to six years prison and will be eligible to apply for parole on February 4, 2015, after serving two years.

Judge Sarah Bradley noted the victim "still had a long way to go" on his journey to recovery.

"(He) was a complete stranger who intervened between your friend and his girlfriend (who had) been pushed to the ground," Judge Bradley said.

"You had him in a headlock and, without warning, stabbed him three times. There were very serious consequences - he took four-and-a-half months off work and still suffers significant pain and discomfort to his kidney and spine.

"You are in a position - standing there - where you could have caused the death of someone.

"And you're not a stranger to the use of knives - you have a previous conviction for going armed in a public place with a knife in October 2011."

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said on the night Shersby was heavily affected by drugs and alcohol, which had flared up his aggressive mood from an earlier incident.

Shersby escaped being declared a serious violent offender, which means he is not required to serve 80% of his sentence.

Topics:  crime, ipswich district court, stabbing



Former minister claims he voluntarily stopped abusing boy

Retired Uniting Church Minister Barry Dangerfield (right) arrives at Brisbane District Court.

Barry Dangerfield charged with multiple counts of indecent dealing

Iconic Ipswich pub now number one in Queensland

PA Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson are pleased to have been awarded the Queensland Hotels Association 2016 Hotel of the Year.

It's official - Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland

Emotional farewell for AWLQ volunteers and staff

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley farewells a long-serving volunteer at the West Ipswich facility on Friday.

The AWLQ has left the building. So what's next?

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Things to do around Ipswich this weekend

The Ipswich Orchid Society Garden Spectacular is this weekend.

Things to do around Ipswich

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets