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Threatening to slit a Richmond Hill woman’s throat with a large kitchen knife during a violent robbery has seen a Caniaba man sentenced to nine months jail.

Tory Smoker first came to the attention of police on April 24, when he was pulled over on Rous Rd at Goonellabah and was found to be disqualified from driving.

Then at 9.43 am on May 10, Mr Smoker broke into a home at Richmond Hill while a woman was at home.

Once inside the house, police facts stated the 24 year-old ‘was armed with a weapon, two large kitchen knives, with intent to commit an indictable offence – threatened to slit victims throat’.

‘He had it up towards my throat,’ police facts stated the victim said.

‘But I don’t want anything done.’

Just eight days later, Mr Smoker returned to the Richmond Hill residence in the mid afternoon.

An argument developed which resulted in Mr Smoker damaging a table and chairs.

Court documents showed Mr Smoker was refused bail on December 22, 2016, and charged with being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, stalking and intimidation, common assault, destroying or damaging property and driving while disqualified.

On Monday, Mr Smoker appeared at Lismore Local Court and was represented by solicitor Gary Hooper.

The court heard Mr Smoker had completed a period in the Adele Living Skills Treatment Program for Substance Abuse and a report on his involvement was positive.

Magistrate David Heilpern sentenced Mr Smoker to nine months jail with a non-parole period of five months.

Having been in custody since December 22, Mr Smoker was eligible for release on Monday.


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