“HE’S got a knife, he’s got a knife”.
Joshua Alan Swan, 30, had just talked his way into a home at Weston, a t-shirt pulled over his head and a 30-centimetre hunting knife in his right hand, when he suddenly lunged at a man inside. It was the early hours of November 19, 2017, and Swan had come to the two-bedroom brick villa in Ninth Street to look for his girlfriend.
But once inside, Swan suddenly lunged at one of the residents, a 35-year-old man, who somehow grabbed the knife and held the pointy end away from his chest.
“He’s got a knife, he’s got a knife,” the victim screamed.
Swan kept the knife held to the man’s chest and used his spare hand to punch him about 15 times in the head.
The victim fell to the ground and then ran from the house, with Swan right behind him.
He fell over in the driveway and was on his back, legs kicking, as Swan tried to lunge at him with the blade again, according to an agreed statement of facts.
Eventually, the victim was able to get to his feet, run back inside the home and lock the door.
It was a terrifying ordeal that left the victim with cuts to his left hand and bruises and swelling to his face.
About 10pm that same day, police who were looking for Swan received information that he was at a house in Coulson Avenue, Cessnock.
When police were at the home they heard a sound coming from the roof and found Swan hiding in the roof cavity among the insulation. A detective asked Swan to show his hands and stand up and after a while he replied: “Alright, alright I’m getting up”.
But then Swan broke through the plasterboard in the roof so that his feet were protruding through the gyprock.
He told police he was stuck, but then began banging his head against the inside of the roof tiles, eventually breaking through, pulling himself up and running across the roof.
He jumped down onto the ground, jumped over a fence or two and had to be capsicum sprayed by police.
Swan pleaded guilty to reckless wounding in Newcastle Local Court in July after his solicitor, Matthew Unwin, managed to negotiate the withdrawal of a number of other serious offences, including aggravated break and enter with intent to inflict actual bodily harm and aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence.
And last week Swan appeared in Newcastle District Court where Judge Peter Berman sentenced him to a maximum of three years and six months in jail, with a non-parole period of one year and nine months.
With time served, Swan will first become eligible for parole in January, 2020.