Man struck with sword over ciggies
AN UNEMPLOYED Ipswich man whipped out a sword and threatened to chop his friend's head off after he asked for tobacco paper to roll a cigarette.
Adam John Milsop, 22, had been struggling to make ends meet and said his friends had treated his then Camp Hill home as a halfway house.
Mr Milsop claimed they were "leeching" off him - eating food and always asking for cigarettes - but not contributing to the household financially.
"He, frankly, got sick of it and snapped," his defence barrister told Brisbane District Court yesterday.
Milsop, now living in North Ipswich, must serve eight months of a 2 1/2 -year jail sentence for causing grievous bodily harm.
He will then be released on three years probation.
His mate, believing the sword was headed his way, grabbed at the one-metre-long sword blade to ward off the attack. The move severed part of his hand, requiring surgery.
Judge Milton Griffin said what began as a minor domestic dispute on September 22 last year between friends snowballed into a grievous bodily harm charge.
He said the situation appeared to be sorted but then Milsop inexplicably brought the sword out of his house.
Judge Griffin said despite threatening to chop off his friend's head, he did not believe Milsop meant to follow through on the angry statement.