‘A trail of blood, bloody clothes and the victim was pale, looking barely conscious’

By Riverine Herald

AN ECHUCA man has been jailed for almost five years after stabbing a woman in the leg, severing her femoral artery.

Trent Harrison, 28, pleaded guilty in Bendigo County Court on Tuesday to recklessly causing serious injury, contravening a family violence intervention order and committing indictable offences while on bail.

Judge Mark Dean sentenced him to four years and nine months’ imprisonment, Harrison already serving 18 months.

The court heard during an argument at a house in Ogilvie Ave on March 5, 2016.

Harrison threatened the then 28-year-old woman before stabbing her with a knife in the upper right leg.

The laceration severed the woman’s femoral artery and she was taken to Echuca hospital where Harrison dragged her clothing into the emergency department.

The attending triage nurse stated there was ‘‘a trail of blood, bloody clothes and the victim was pale, looking barely conscious’’.

The woman had to be airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery and spent a week in recovery.

She was then transferred back to Echuca hospital for two weeks of rehabilitation.

An arrest warrant was issued for Harrison in September 2016.

He was arrested on November 7 after being found in a car in Morwell by a LaTrobe Valley highway patrol officer.

He has been in custody since then.