The brother of the accused Bourke Street killer, Angelo Gargasoulas has been jailed for two months for a series of assaults.
The 26-year-old appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, where his lawyer Alex Turner said his client would plead guilty to a number of charges, which included recklessly injuring his mother and intentionally injuring his partner in 2016.
On the day of the Bourke Street tragedy, his older brother Dimitrious Gargasoulas allegedly killed six people, injured 31 more, and also allegedly stabbed Angelo, from which Mr Turner said his client was still suffering mentally and physically, reports Fairfax Media.
But on Thursday the court’s attention turned to the actions of Angelo, who the court heard on July 8 was hungover and coming down from ice when he attacked his mother.
The pair were in their Windsor apartment, where she was intoxicated and her son demanded she speed up with making his food when he suddenly threw a Thermos at her face, resulting in a bruised eye, cut lip and other injuries.
By the time police arrived, Angelo had left the apartment and his mother was attended to at a friend’s home where she was found with dried blood on her face.
Then just over two weeks later on July 23, Angelo attacked his partner with a box-cutter.
Mr Turner said that his client was in the “grips of a severe ice addiction” at the time the crimes occurred; an addiction that began when he met his partner, who was also a heavy ice user.
During this time, his relationship with his mother also suffered, as she drank heavily and became abusive, while he was battling his ice use.
Yet despite having since kicked his drug habit and securing stable housing, Mr Gargasoulas was sentenced to two months in jail, with his release date set for April 28, after which he will be required to carry out an 18-month community corrections order and perform 100 hours of unpaid community work.
Other charges against him, which include assaults with a hammer and a knife, breaches of family violence intervention orders and property damage, will be dealt with later this month on March 15.