Swastika-sporting MMA thug who doused wife in petrol and threatened to burn her gets JUST 3 years in prison
BUNBURY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A mixed martial artist will serve only three years in prison after he threatened to burn his wife alive while his children were in the house. The incident occurred last year when the cage fighter, who made headlines for sporting a huge Swastika-symbol tattoo on his chest, doused his wife in petrol when she refused to go to bed when he asked her to.
The incident occurred on October 26, 2021, when John Matthew Darch was about to set his wife on fire and potentially kill his children, aged one and three, in the process. The West Australian reports that the former couple was outside their house and drinking by the fire when Darch ordered his other half to go to bed, a request that she denied. Darch went on to kick her in the knee, then punch and slap her when she was down. The MMA fighter poured about five liters of petrol from a jerry can over his wife as she lay only meters away from the fire. The neighbors heard him yell 'piece of s**t' and 'crappy mother' to her wife. Even when Brooke rushed into the house where the children were, Darch followed her.
John Matthew Darch will serve only 3 years
The Bunbury District Court in Western Australia stated that Darch would serve three years in prison for the actions against his wife, Brooke, who has divorced him ever a family violence restraining order was imposed. Darch's two-year and 10-month prison sentence was backdated to October 27 last, which makes him eligible for parole next year. Prosecutor Michael Perrell argued that Brooke was put in significant danger, while the defense argued that Darch was on mind-altering psychotropic medication for mental health problems. However, this argument did not fly in court.
Judge David MacLean said in sentencing Darch, "Through your selfishness and rage against your former partner, you've destroyed your family. Although you were not charged with offenses against your children ... you've taken away the opportunity in these very important years of having any meaningful relationship with you. You don't need to be a medical practitioner to understand that you do not mix the psychotropic medication with alcohol and you certainly don't get intoxicated. It demonstrates a reckless disregard for the combination of those two dangerous substances, even though it's prescribed. It's not a toy. It's not a treat. It's something which if not taken properly is dangerous."