Trap threat ‘verbal diarrhoea’

A MALLEE resident told police he intended a blade to pierce a man’s heart after admitting he set a crude trap behind the driver’s seat of his victim’s car.

Carl Anthony Mengler’s lawyer told Mildura Magistrates’ Court her client’s threats were “verbal diarrhoea” but magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said Mengler faced a jail sentence for what he had done.

Mengler pleaded guilty yesterday by video link after seeking a sentencing indication, during which the court heard he lodged a boning knife behind the driver’s seat of his daughter’s de facto partner’s car.

Mengler later told police he intended the blade to “go through (the victim’s) heart” but the trap failed when the victim tried to tilt the seat forward and the knife got stuck.

The court heard Mengler took matters into his own hands after finding drugs in his daughter’s home.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting her by grabbing her around the throat.

The 41-year-old also faced charges from an incident in Ouyen last month, when he carved a “Nazi swastika” into a concrete porch belonging to another man he did not like.

Mengler confronted that man two days later armed with a pair of fencing pliers and threatened to smash his skull. The court heard he struck the door of the man’s ute with the pliers, causing $1000 damage, before the victim drove off.

Mengler’s counsel Robyn Greensill said her client was “very sorry for the things he said” and, while the threats were frightening for the victims, he had not meant what he said.

In his sentencing indication, Mr La Rosa indicated he was prepared to consider placing Mengler on a community corrections order once he is released from custody.

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