Man jailed for home invasion

A MAN with a violent past has been jailed for four years after his latest crime, an aggravated home invasion at Newstead.

Benjamin John Bradshaw, 37, appeared via video link from Risdon Prison for sentencing in the Launceston Supreme Court yesterday.

A jury had found him guilty of aggravated burglary and having committed an unlawful act intended to cause bodily harm.

Justice Shan Tennent jailed Bradshaw for four years, with a non-parole period of three years, to be served cumulatively to his existing sentence.

"You clearly did not learn from the 2008 sentence," she told Bradshaw.

"You already had parole for one sentence and you breached it."

The Newstead home invasion occurred on February 25 last year, when Bradshaw turned up at a stranger's house and smashed a glass pane in the front door, grabbed the internal handle and opened the door.

Bradshaw had strapped a metal tool to his wrist and used this to stab at and hit the shocked resident, a 73-year-old man who defended himself with a walking stick.

Justice Tennent said Bradshaw also used both of his fists to punch the victim a number of times, even when the man had been knocked to the floor.

Bradshaw only stopped hitting the victim when a neighbour intervened.

Justice Tennent noted Bradshaw's prior crimes and said he had spent a significant part of the past seven years in jail.

Among other violent offences, he was jailed for six years after he broke into his former partner's house and stabbed her.

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