Man who stabbed ex-wife in her sleep plans to appeal

A MAN who stabbed his former wife while she slept has been told he was given a harsh sentence and may have a chance of appeal.

Darren James Williams was last year sentenced to 15 years in jail for the attempted murder of his former wife Courtney Stevens.

In 2012 Williams took a knife from his Centenary Heights home and drove to Ms Stevens' home in Meringandan West.

He broke in and found her asleep in her bed and stabbed her in the chest.

He left the knife in her chest and fled - driving back to Toowoomba, stopping to call his own mobile phone so he could claim someone else called him to tell him Ms Stevens was in hospital.

On Monday, he appeared in the Court of Appeal via video link from prison.

Williams, who was self-represented, said he was struggling to find a lawyer after Legal Aid turned him down.

However, he told the court he had been in discussions with lawyers and was looking to appeal his rejection.

Justice Catherine Holmes questioned whether Williams would be able to get representation, but said she believed he may have a case, as his sentence was long for attempted murder.

"It seems to be arguable," she said.

"It is a high sentence. There are sentences (for attempted murder) that are lower."

The appeal was adjourned for Williams to attempt to find legal representation.

Justice Holmes warned him if he did not find a lawyer he would have to represent himself.

Topics:  attempted murder court crime

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