Jacob Daniel Schlaadt
From Christchurch Press 27th August 2013
A repeat violent offender has now been jailed for a year for pouring paint thinner solvent over a woman's face and threatening to set it alight.
Jacob Daniel Schlaadt, 29, flicked a cigarette lighter on and held the flame about 30 centimetres from the woman's face. She told the court at a defended hearing in July that he said he could blind her "in five seconds" by pouring the thinner into her eyes. Schlaadt also told the trial that the woman who gave evidence against him was an imposter masquerading as her.
The woman was a flatmate who had been in a relationship with Schlaadt at the time. She told the court in her victim impact statement: "He is a really dangerous person and I hope he gets help so someone else doesn't cop it." Schlaadt was appearing for sentencing before Judge Noel Walsh in the Christchurch District Court after his conviction for assault with intent to injure.
The incident took place at their home about 1am on April 6, when both of them had been drinking. Schlaadt accused the 24-year-old woman of poisoning drinks in the fridge in his room. He tried to pour vodka into her mouth but she resisted so he got a bottle of paint thinner which was either turpentine or kerosene. He held the woman down on the bed with her arms pinned by her sides and poured the thinner over her face. Police say he then used the cigarette lighter to terrorise her, because she believed she was covered in petrol. The woman had difficulty fleeing because she did not want to leave her young son at the house with Schlaadt in that mindset. She went to a friend's address and phoned the police.
Defence counsel Todd Nicholls said Schlaadt had previously been a drug addict but had been "clean" for several years and had also completed a substance abuse course in prison. His remand in custody had led to him losing his work as a painter, and he had been in a difficult period emotionally because his grandfather had died and his grandmother had suffered a heart attack.
No home detention address was available because probation would not approve his sister's address as it would mean Schlaadt was living with a woman and her child. He urged the judge to allow Schlaadt to apply for home detention during the sentence if a suitable address became available. Judge Walsh said the pre-sentence report indicated Schlaadt was at high risk of reoffending and causing harm to others. He now had five convictions for violence, and his pattern of violence was escalating.
Schlaadt maintained his innocence of the latest offending."Clearly, there are doubts about any progress that would be made if a rehabilitative sentence were imposed," Judge Walsh said. He declined to allow home detention during the sentence, and jailed Schlaadt for a year, with a special release condition that he undertake psychological counselling for violence-related issues. Judge Walsh said: "I am seriously worried about what will happen when you come back into the community if serious steps are not taken to address what's fuelling your volatility and tendency to use violence. "I was left with the clear impression that you need help."
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Assault with intent to injure of a Christchurch woman in April 2013
Poured paint thinner solvent over her face and threatened to light it.
Sentenced to a year in August 2013
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