Thursday, 7 August 2008

Eight years' jail for attempted murder

A Hobart man has been jailed for eight years for trying to murder his former partner.

Robert Peter Gaffney will serve at least six years in prison before being eligible for parole.

The 37 year-old stabbed his partner Suzie Jacobson in the throat last November then held her captive in her home for four hours.

Justice Shan Tennent said the attack arose out of a drunken, jealous rage. The judge said Gaffney watched Ms Jacobson bleed and prevented her from getting medical help.

The court heard Ms Jacobson needed a voice box reconstruction and spent three weeks in hospital after the stabbing. The judge said the attack could have killed Ms Jacobson.

Justice Tennent said Ms Jacobson will have to live with the psychological and physical consequences of the act for the rest of her life.

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