’Henpecked’ killer’s verbal tirade at community worker
A paroled convicted killer who threatened his community work supervisor in a spray over painting equipment has narrowly avoided more prison time.
Anthony Sherna was working at Pompei's in Mordialloc in May last year as part of his parole conditions when he lost the plot after being ordered by his boss to set up work gear.
He launched a verbal tirade at him, saying he was "a f***ing c*** dog" and if he ever saw him in the street he will "hit him" and walked off.
In 2009 Sherna was jailed for strangling his de facto wife Susanne Wild with a dressing gown cord at their Tarneit home.
Described in court reports from the time as being "henpecked" for years, he had snapped after Ms Wild yelled at him, scaring their pet puppy named Hubble.
He said his wife chose what he wore, rationed his cash, accused him of having affairs and even ordered him to use toilets at shopping centres rather than go at home.
After he killed her he let her body lay around for days before he buried it in the backyard.
He was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and was given 14 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 years.
At Moorabbin Magistrates' Court yesterday morning the now 54-year-old pleaded guilty to using threatening words and breaching parole.
He had been out for just a few weeks when the meltdown happened, which risked him going back behind bars for another four years.
His defence lawyer told the court Sherna, a storeman from Narre Warren, was provoked by the angry yelling of the supervisor, but should not have retaliated like he did.
The lawyer said in the 10 years Sherna was in jail, where he was "a model prisoner", no guard ever spoke to him like that and he was angry that someone on the outside could provoke him.
He said Sherna had done a range of behavioural courses since the incident and was seeing a psychotherapist to help with his mental state.
The lawyer pleaded that no jail term be imposed because "even one day in jail (for this) would mean he would have to serve the remaining four years of his parole".
Magistrate Charles Tan said it was up to the board what to do about serving the rest of his parole, but he would not be jailing him.
"You've got to make sure you don't come before the courts again," Mr Tan said.
Sherna was convicted and fined $900.