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Boxer who murders a knife-wielding man who tried to break into a house is jailed

Boxer who killed a knife-wielding man trying to break into a house to see his estranged partner imprisoned for revealing that he surrounded him with the same plank he used to attack the woman

  • Garry Brent Charters killed Mathew James LeBroque with a piece of wood
  • LeBroque tried to put Charters and another man through a screen door
  • He demanded to see his partner he had hit with the wood before

A former boxer who killed a man who had terrified an NSW house with a carving knife and smashing windows has been locked up for at least two years and nine months.

Garry Brent Charters hit Mathew James LeBroque with a piece of wood at least twice after trying to stab him through the screen door, demanding to see his partner subjected to his violence.

In December 2019, a jury of Bathurst Charters found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter based on excessive self-defense.

At the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney on Friday, Justice Mark Ierace imprisoned him for four years and nine months with two years and nine months of unconditional release.

Former boxer Garry Brent Charters faced NSW Supreme Court on Friday, where he was jailed after hitting Mathew James LeBroque with a piece of wood at least twice and killing him when the intruder attempted to break into a house

Former boxer Garry Brent Charters faced NSW Supreme Court on Friday, where he was jailed after hitting Mathew James LeBroque with a piece of wood at least twice and killing him when the intruder attempted to break into a house

He said the crime was well below the seriousness of manslaughter, and found that when Charters hit Mr. LeBroque he had feared for his safety and the safety of the others in the house.

The 31-year-old victim was killed in the early hours of November 19, 2017 when he tried to enter the Forbes home, at the NSW Center in the west, where nine people were present.

About three days earlier, Mr. LeBroque had used the same piece of wood that killed him to attack his partner on her back, the back of her legs and her head.

He was moderately affected by the drug ice and alcohol when he arrived at the Forbes house armed with a knife and demanded to see his partner and make threats and taunts against Charters.

He tried to punch another man in the face and smashed almost every window in the front of the house, the judge said.

He was heard to say as “a bicycle at the end of the street that counts bullets” and seemed “not to be afraid of anything”.

Mathew James LeBroque smashed windows and tried to put Garry Brent Charters through a screen door while LeBroque tried to enter the house to find his partner (stock image)

Mathew James LeBroque smashed windows and tried to put Garry Brent Charters through a screen door while LeBroque tried to enter the house to find his partner (stock image)

Mathew James LeBroque smashed windows and tried to put Garry Brent Charters through a screen door while LeBroque tried to enter the house to find his partner (stock image)

The judge found that Charters was endangering his life trying to block the front door, but LeBroque tried to stab him through the screen and did not respond to attempts to calm him down.

In an attempt to take out Mr. LeBroque because he got out of hand, a fellow suspect – who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter – held him in a bear hug while Charters beat him with the wood.

Charters was released on parole at the time for custody and stalking.

Reports indicate that he may have a traumatic brain injury or mental illness, possibly related to his knockout during boxing fights and after a car accident.

The judge accepted that Charters repented sincerely and had reasonable prospects for recovery in connection with serious assault.

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