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Woman’s face slashed in Queensland robbery

By AAP Newswire

A man who sliced open a woman's face with a machete and cut her partner's arm to the bone during a botched Gold Coast robbery says she just got in the way.

Clint Darryl Hall, 39, pleaded guilty on Thursday to grievous bodily harm and assault in Southport District Court and was sentenced to six years in jail.

His brother, Thomas Peter Ealam, 20, was also involved in the bungled 2017 heist and pleaded guilty.

The brothers were trying to steal five kilograms of copper wiring from the back of a Gold Coast home when the residents caught them red-handed.

Ingrid Brown, 35, and her partner Michael Liddell told them to "piss off" then a brawl broke out.

Ms Brown's brother Anthony Randall joined the fight and the trio forced Hall and Ealam to flee, leaving behind a bag and an iPad.

The brothers went to their mother's home a few streets away and armed themselves with swords and a machete.

They returned to the house, demanding their property back.

However Ms Brown and Mr Liddell, armed with a shovel, told the brothers they had given it to police and chased them as they ran away again.

As Mr Liddell was closing in, Hall swung the machete, striking Ms Brown on the left side of her face.

The blow sliced her left temple down to her mouth, severing part of her cheekbone. It left a gaping 20cm wound which needed major reconstructive surgery.

Hall struck out a second time, slashing Mr Liddell's left arm to the bone as he tried to deflect the blade.

Hall told police he was horrified he'd struck Ms Brown.

"It was really was horrible. It was terrible. I remember the sound of it," he said in his police interview.

When shown pictures of Ms Brown's injuries, he said: "Oh my god. I am so sorry. I honestly am."

Defence barrister Nicholas McGhee said it had never been Hall's intention to harm Ms Brown but he'd been fearful Mr Liddell would kill him.

"Liddell was armed with a shovel and was only a metre and half away ... when my client swings the weapon," Mr McGhee said.

"She got in the way," he added, reinforcing the explanation Hall had already offered the court.

Justice Richard Jones said the community was sick and tired of dealing with such offences.

"The image of Brown is quite disturbing ... she will be left significantly scarred. It would have been both terrifying and resulting in painful injuries," Justice Jones said.

Hall will be eligible for parole in October 2020.

His brother was placed on 15 months' probation and no conviction was recorded.