A psychotic man who plunged a searching knife into the again of a police officer at Sydney’s busiest prepare station has apologised to his sufferer as he was sentenced for the “very serious” crime.
Mark Thompson was on Friday handed a most six-year-and-nine-month jail time period for the attack on Constable Hayden Edwards at Central Station on April 19, 2019.
Thompson had suffered from schizophrenia for a decade, the District Court was instructed, and on the time was listening to voices from “spirits” who urged him to ambush a cop within the hope he can be shot useless.
Judge Gina O’Rourke imposed a four-year non-parole interval, backdated to the day of his arrest, which means he’ll eligible for launch in 2023.
The 54-year-old final yr pleaded responsible to wounding with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt.
Judge O’Rourke stated the “very serious and violent” attack not solely prompted severe accidents however terrified commuters on the packed station.
On studying his destiny Thompson, showing in courtroom through video hyperlink, requested to talk however solely his last phrases could possibly be clearly made out.
“I apologise to him,” he stated.
The courtroom was instructed Thompson purchased a searching knife from Paddy’s Market on the morning of the assault and arrived at platform one of many station about 6.05pm.
At about 7pm he approached an on-duty Constable Edwards from behind and thrust the 30cm blade into his again with out warning, piercing by means of a protecting vest and slicing into the officer’s physique.
Constable Edwards suffered a 6cm wound to his decrease thoracic backbone and was handled by shocked onlookers as his police colleagues drew their weapons on Thompson.
The complete incident was captured on CCTV and performed earlier than a sentence listening to earlier this month.
Judge O’Rourke stated it was clear Thompson was in a state of psychosis as he refused to drop the knife and resisted a police taser.
The courtroom was instructed he continued to brandish the blade as he proclaimed: “Come on, cops, try and kill me.”
He dropped the knife after a second blow from a taser and fell onto the tracks at platform one, the place he struggled with police trying to arrest him.
Judge O’Rourke stated the attack “was unprovoked and without any warning”, leaving Constable Edwards with no likelihood to defend himself.
“The offender was psychotic at the time of the offence,” she stated.
“The attack upon the victim was random, it was completely unprovoked.”
The courtroom was instructed that beneath questioning from police after his arrest Thompson stated he had no reminiscence of stabbing the officer.
“I seen some police and all of a sudden I remember (I) just lot the plot,” he instructed them.
“I just remember being tasered. I don’t remember putting a knife in anyone or anything.”
The father of three described the within of his physique as being “like a war zone” as competing spirits tried to take over.
“The voice was saying stab a police officer, they’ll shoot you dead,” he instructed police.
“I’ve got nothing against police, I’ll tell you that much.”
Thompson would later open up to a psychologist whereas behind bars that he remembered the attack.
He stated “I wanted them to shoot me dead” and he was “sick of the voices inside my head telling me what to do”.
Judge O’Rourke stated Constable Edwards was blindsided whereas “he was simply at work doing his job to protect the community”.
The incident prompted concern and panic amongst commuters who watched the horrific scene unfold, she stated.
“They witnessed the crime and then the irrational and erratic wielding of the knife for some minutes,” the choose stated.
“There clearly was a disregard for public safety.”
She stated Thompson’s vital and power psychological well being circumstances clearly contributed to his actions.
Thompson was stated to be responding properly to therapy for his circumstances whereas in jail.