Man stabs his neighbour so many times during an Australia Day dispute over a communal washing machine that the 20cm knife broke
- Melbourne man stabbed neighbour, 65, so savagely that his knife broke
- They had argued over use of a communal washing machine last Australia Day
- Brett Vaisey, 57, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, to be sentenced later
Brett Vaisey stabbed his neighbour so many times with a 20cm kitchen knife after a dispute over a communal washing machine that the blade broke.
Vaisey, 57, repeatedly told Annick Henenberg, then 65, ‘it’s alright,’ as he nearly stabbed her to death.
He then began to kick and punch her after his knife broke.
Ms Henenberg managed to record the attack, which broke out onlast year at their public housing block in Elwood.
Alarming footage shows Vaisey running up to Ms Henenberg armed with a kitchen knife before the near fatal attack
The pensioner suffered a huge slash to her stomach as well as a 10cm deep cut to her neck – but miraculously survived
‘Die you f***ing c***,’ Vaisey yelled during the attack. ‘If I’m going to jail, it’s worth it.’
Vaisey, who has pleaded guilty to attempted murder, on Thursday faced an online hearing at the Victorian Supreme Court, where footage of his arrest was played.
The 57-year-old, bound in handcuffs, lay face-down on a driveway when he told police he had ‘snapped’.
‘I didn’t want to do it, but she kept pushing me,’ Vaisey said.
‘She asked for it – she provoked me and provoked me.
‘No offence but I hope I killed her.’
Vaisey then asked police to look after his dog named Mr Peabody, after a cartoon.
Dr Fiona Best, a psychiatrist, said Vaisey had a major mental illness that included a borderline personality disorder.
She added that Vaisey had become ‘pre-occupied’ with Ms Henenberg following an extended period of disputes and he felt she was trying to harm him.
‘This moved into something with a psychotic flavour,’ Dr Best said.
The court was told Ms Henenberg had, during a six-month period to July 2019, filed eight formal complaints about Vaisey’s abusive behaviour toward her in the laundry.
About five hours before the attack, Vaisey also called police and said he thought he was losing control.
Annick Henenberg, 65, was nearly killed when she was attacked by her neighbour Brett Vaisey, 56, at their public housing block in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs on Australia Day last year
‘I’m a guy and I don’t wanna go off, but I need help,’ he told authorities. ‘If I keep getting harassed, I might lose my temper.’
Vaisey’s barrister, John Desmond, said his client had shown remorse for his actions through his admissions to police and his early guilty plea.
The defence barrister also read out an apology from Vaisey for his ‘outrageous conduct’ and said his client now felt ‘significant self-loathing’.
But Mr Desmond argued that the attack could be linked to Vaisey’s mental illness.
‘At the time he believed he was being persecuted. It was a genuinely held belief, which may or may not have been independent from reality,’ he said.
Mr Desmond also said Vaisey suffered from alcoholism and had been subjected to family violence as a child.
Justice Rita Incerti will sentence Vaisey at a later date.
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