Corrections order for stabbing

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was given a community corrections order for stabbing a 17-year-old in Rosedale last year.

Callum Ronalds was convicted and will need to complete rehabilitation programs, including for drug abuse, as well as 150 hours of community services.

Ronalds was walking in Rosedale when he ran into three young people, and after a brief verbal exchange, removed a small knife and stabbed one in the lower abdomen.

He also allegedly made threats to burn down the others’ houses and cars.

The 17-year-old was airlifted to hospital.

The two other people pointed out Ronalds to police when he returned to the area, and he was arrested with the knife still in his possession.

He made a full admission to police, saying he was afraid he was going to be assaulted.

Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said the act was troubling and the offending serious, but he chose not to send Ronalds to jail.

“You wouldn’t cope five minutes in jail and you’d come out a very damaged person,” he said.

He urged Ronalds to see the situation as a “sliding door moments”, where he was presented now with a chance to make better choices.

“I assess your probability of rehabilitation as very good,” he told him.

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