Two jailed after man bashed with guitar in home invasion
Two men have been jailed for breaking a man's leg with a guitar and slashing him with a knife during a home invasion.
David Michael Evans, 33, and the then-Satudarah Canberra chapter president Dean Reid, 30, were among four men recruited by Sharon Stott, 58, to go to the victim's Oaks Estate home on the NSW-ACT border to retrieve a gun she believed was at the property.
When the first two men were refused entry, Reid, Evans and Stott went to the property and spoke to the victim through the door – convincing him to let them inside.
Reid took a knife from the victim and then held the blade to his throat.
Evans picked up a guitar and smashed him repeatedly in the leg, before dropping a speaker box onto him.
In a statement to the court, the victim claimed he could "feel the bone breaking through the skin".
"The pain from my leg was the most intense pain I have ever felt," the victim said.
"I wanted to die right there."
The group then searched the property and left the unit with gun parts, laptops, mobile phones and car keys.
Paramedics took the victim to the Canberra Hospital with a broken leg and knife wounds.
While in hospital, the victim claimed Reid visited him and told him he'd return the car keys if he recanted his statement to police. Reid was captured at the hospital on CCTV cameras, and blood found on shoes seized from his home were linked to the victim.
Reid, Evans, the other two men and Stott all pleaded guilty to the charges over the incident in November last year.
Today, Evans was sentenced to four years and 11 months in jail for aggravated robbery, while Reid was handed five years and 11 months for the robbery, theft, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Both men will be eligible for parole in May 2022.
Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson told the pair they could "do better" and urged them to use their time in custody to study and change their paths.
"Neither of you have had an easy start in life, but that is no excuse for violence against others," she said.
"Don't let this be dead time."