Sentencing of would be murderer delayed

THE sentencing of a Turtons Creek man found guilty of the attempted murder of two South Gippsland Shire Council workers has been delayed until October 24.

Jonas Black was found guilty of attempted murder at the Supreme Court on Friday, June 24.

He was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and of perverting the court of justice after a two week trial.

Mr Black was to be sentenced last Tuesday, September 20 but the matter will now be considered on October 24.

The judge adjourned the sentencing to give Mr Black time to make a submission in relation to plea mitigating materials.

Mr Black’s charges relate to an altercation on his property where he attacked council’s manager regulatory services Matthew Patterson and local laws officer Justin Eades on May 25, 2015.

The council officers were inspecting the property after Mr Black failed to comply with council’s request to demolish unpermitted buildings on his land.

Mr Black attacked Mr Eades, then Mr Patterson, with a piece of scaffolding pipe before threatening to kill them when they ran from the scene.

Mr Patterson sustained lacerations to his head while Mr Eades sustained more substantial damage to his skull, which included concussion.

Mr Black was found guilty of the attacks in which he was believed to have intended to kill both council workers.

Mr Black’s other charges, for perverting the court of justice, relate to Mr Black’s attempts to dispose of his work boots during the investigation.

Mr Black made a number of calls to his girlfriend while in custody last year, during which he asked her to dispose of his work boots while she was on a trip in Melbourne.

It is believed Mr Black may have worn the boots while he dug a large hole near his property before the attack.

Jurors came to the conclusion Mr Black had presumably intended to use the hole as a grave for the victims.


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