Trio jailed after Vic samurai sword attack

A trio that broke into the bedroom of a sleeping man and attacked him with a samurai sword following a stoush over a stolen television has been jailed.

Lana Marinovic, 37, was planning to move into a bungalow at the back of the victim's home at Watsonia in 2014, and had stored her belongings with him.

However, on March 23, her television was stolen - an item that had sentimental value to her.

In the early hours of the following day, she and two friends - Garry Koers, 55, and Paris Mizzi, 49 - broke into the man's house, demanding to know where Marinovic's belongings were.

Even though the victim said the woman's possessions were in another room, Koers attacked him with a samurai sword he'd found at the house, and also hit him in the head with a tyre iron.

During the five-minute incident, the victim's right hand was seriously injured, requiring two operations.

He has since moved suburbs and no longer has his children over to visit due to fears for their safety.

"I accept you had concerns about your property and were concerned all your worldly goods were at risk," County Court of Victoria judge Paul Higham said on Friday.

"Nonetheless, this is in any view an unprovoked attack."

Each of the three pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury, while Mizzi also pleaded guilty to contravening bail conditions by breaking curfew and recklessly causing serious injury while on bail.

Mizzi was jailed for four years, plus one month for offending while on bail.

He was given a non-parole period of two years and nine months, with 100 days already served.

Marinovic was jailed for three years, with 18 months non-parole.

Koers, who is already in custody for other matters, was jailed for three years and nine months, with a non-parole period of two years and one month.

All three have previous convictions for assault. Koers also has convictions for stalking, false imprisonment, drug trafficking and intentionally causing serious injury.

Mizzi and Marinovic also have a range of previous theft-related convictions.

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