‘Stupidity’ costs Robinvale man

A ROBINVALE man’s “own stupidity” left him with a serious arm wound which required him to be airlifted to Melbourne for emergency surgery.

Roderick Whitton this week sat in the custody dock at Mildura Magistrates’ Court with his arm in a sling following an incident on May 4.

Police prosecutor Lauren Abson told the court the accused had been visiting family at a Mildura address when about 2am they could be hear “carrying on” out the front of the property.

A neighbour got up to his baby who was stirring in her cot and upon hearing the commotion went outside to tell them to quieten down.

Whitton told the victim, “stop being a hero before you get knocked out” before he charged at him, causing the victim to run inside and lock the door out of fear.

The accused then smashed through the front window of the house, putting his arm through the glass and arming himself with a knife.

Police arrived to find Whitton with a bloodied bandage around his arm, and was transported to Mildura Base Hospital with severe lacerations to his arm, before being flown to Melbourne for emergency surgery.

He was arrested last Thursday after he returned to Mildura and told police he could not remember the night.

When he faced court yesterday he pleaded guilty to the offence along with other charges including theft from Fisher’s IGA on Deakin Avenue and pulling a flick-knife on police when drunk.

Magistrate Andrew McKenna yesterday told Whitton he “suffered a serious injury due to your own stupidity” and needed to pull his head in.

He was placed on a six month community corrections order with 50 hours of community work with a condition he engage in programs including for alcohol and drug abuse.

He was also fined $200.

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