‘Recipe for disaster’: Addicted man wields knife in busy motel | The mail

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Several people were at risk in a ‘messy’ and ‘dangerous’ situation that was a ‘recipe for disaster’ at a Bakery Hill motel when a drug-addicted man was agitated and clutching a knife. John Kaiser was 26 in December 2020 when he visited a man staying at the Quality Inn Hotel and argued with people in the next room. He took off his pants and there was a long fight and movement around the motel before returning to the room with a hunting knife hidden in his shorts. He pointed the hunting knife at one of the women as he tried to get back into the room, pushing the woman. IN OTHER NEWS: Kaiser kept trying to push the door open while giving up the knife, Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday. He broke down the door, causing damage. Police intervened after a member of the public reported a knife-wielding man on the street. The entire incident was captured on CCTV. Kaiser spent more than six months in custody before being released on bail in August 2021. Defense attorney David De Witt said Kaiser’s detention was difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic and his intellectual disability. . Magistrate Letizia Torres said it was a serious example of common law assault, possession of a controlled weapon and criminal damage. “You have a very messy and dangerous situation involving multiple people. He was agitated and drugged and armed with a knife. It really is a recipe for disaster,” she said. “He had only been released from prison a few months before this happened.” Ms Torres said she felt it was appropriate to deal with the case in Magistrates Court rather than County Court. She imposed a six-month prison sentence and a six-month good behavior bond for theft charges related to other incidents. Kaiser pleaded guilty to the offence. If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell the story of Ballarat. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.

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