Man jailed over attempted murder of cyclist

A MAN who stabbed a cyclist 10 times with a screwdriver, during a psychotic episode, has been jailed for attempted murder, but will be released next month.

Justice David Jackson sentenced Joshua Joseph Tempany to four and a half years' jail, to be suspended on June 20.

He has already spent more than three years and six months in custody.

Tempany, who had pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to attempted murder and serious assault of a police officer, will be placed on probation for two years.

Tempany, 25, will have to submit to psychiatric or psychological treatment and drug testing, if directed to do so.

The cyclist suffered nine wounds, including seven to the front of his chest, in the unprovoked attack by Tempany on a footbridge at Coorparoo in November, 2015.

His bike helmet protected him from being stabbed in the head.

The cyclist, 49, had allowed his wife and two children to ride ahead of him before he rode past Tempany, who grabbed him in a headlock, the court heard.

Justice Jackson said for the victim and his wife and children, who found him bleeding on the ground soon after the attack, it must have been a terrifying experience.

He said Tempany was suffering from a serious undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia at the time and was deprived of the capacity to know he should not commit the crimes.

He had also taken a small amount of methylamphetamine the previous day, which to some degree contributed to his mental state at the time of the attack.

The court heard of the decline in mental health of a young man who almost completed a TAFE engineering course.

Tempany became reclusive, planned to commit suicide, had a physical confrontation with his sister, punched his father in the face and lived for months in a boarding house.

The court heard how his father helped him get a labouring job, but it ended within months, with the employer saying he was "off the planet".

On the night before he attacked the cyclist, Tempany walked from Carindale to Coorparoo train tracks and contemplated jumping in front of a train, the court heard.

On the day after the attack a psychiatrist said he was floridly psychotic.

The judge framed a sentence that took into account the need to protect the community, saying if his paranoid schizophrenia was untreated for a short time he could pose a risk.

Tempany spent two years in a mental health facility, but had been in prison for the last 18 months, the court heard.

After his arrest for the attack on the cyclist he grabbed at a police officer's gun in what the court heard was an attempt to shoot himself.

The court was told Tempany's supportive family, who had faced difficulties in trying to get him treatment, were shocked by the charges.

Justice Jackson ordered Tempany's suspended jail term be operational for four years and six months.


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