Former soldier who held lady at gunpoint to retrieve cat in Melbourne jailed for six years | Melbourne
A former soldier who tied up a girl at gunpoint whereas attempting to get his cat again from Melbourne’s Lost Dogs Home has been jailed for six years.
Tony Wittman was armed with an assault weapon and wearing full-military type clothes when he went to the Home in January 2021, inflicting sufferer Bailey Scarlett to initially imagine he was a professional police officer because of his look.
But when he pointed the gun via her automobile window as she arrived for a late-night shift, Bailey Scarlett was crammed with terror.
“If you do as I say and hearken to me, I gained’t shoot you,” Wittman instructed her.
The 45-year-old initially instructed police his actions have been because of a “mind meltdown” stemming from post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) – the results of 16 years within the Australian military.
Wittman stated he had been to Timor-Leste and Afghanistan twice and to Aceh after the Boxing Day tsunami.
But Victorian county courtroom choose Duncan Allen stated whereas he did have complicated post-traumatic stress dysfunction, his military clarification was unfaithful. Australian Defence Force information confirmed Wittman was a reservist for 2 years between 1995 and 1997 and was discharged for failing to offer environment friendly service.
The choose on Friday stated his PTSD was truly the results of “gross trauma” he had suffered, together with by the hands of his bodily and verbally abusive father.
Allen stated the connection, together with corporal punishment and degradation, was extraordinarily painful and Wittman had been too embarrassed to inform police the true causes behind his dysfunction.
At the time, Wittman’s cat had been lacking for a number of days and he believed he had discovered it on the Lost Dogs Home. He had organized an appointment to select it up the next day however turned more and more anxious in a single day.
“The solely factor I actually treasure on this world is that cat … and thru nervousness, I acted irrationally and didn’t consider the results of my actions or the fallout,” he instructed police. “I used to be solely fascinated by saving my cat as a result of my cat has saved me from killing myself so many occasions.”
Wittman confirmed up about 10.30pm and compelled Scarlett inside at gunpoint.
He demanded to know the place the cats have been stored, and when she stated she didn’t have a key to that space, he instructed her to get on her knees and tied her fingers behind her again. Wittman instructed her to depend to 100 earlier than calling for assist.
“I’m going to shut this door, if I see you, I’ll shoot you,” he instructed her earlier than fleeing the scene, dumping weapons and clothes on his means residence.
The choose discovered Wittman, who had no prior convictions, was genuinely remorseful and had accomplished what he might to restore the scenario, to the extent it may very well be repaired.
Scarlett instructed the courtroom she feared she would by no means recuperate.
“You actually are the worst form of evil human that makes the newspaper headlines in the present day,” she instructed him in a presentence listening to.
She questioned why he, as an individual with PTSD, would inflict that prognosis on one other particular person.
“You got here ready for conflict, and a conflict in opposition to a completely defenceless animal welfare carer,” she stated.
Wittman, who admitted to 5 expenses together with aggravated housebreaking, assault and false imprisonment, should serve no less than three years behind bars.