Cleaner and aspiring beautician tasers her ex-boyfriend in violent home invasion after their ‘immature’ relationship turned sour
- Tegan Lee Martin jailed for two years
- She tasered ex-boyfriend in home invasion
- She was drunk and high on drugs at the time
A cleaner and aspiring beautician has been jailed for at least ten months after breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s house and tasering him while drunk and high on drugs.
Tegan Lee Martin, 24, rushed through the unlocked sliding doors of her ex Jacob Tiller’s home in Port Lincoln, South Australia, on October 6, 2021.
Mr Tiller, who Martin had been in a relationship with for about five years, had been in the bathroom when his ex and her co-accused suddenly burst in.
Martin used a taser on Mr Tiller while her co-accused allegedly bashed his elbow with a metal pole.
As Mr Tiller tried to run to the back door, he fell to the ground before Martin’s co-accused allegedly stabbed him in the side of his head.
Martin used the taser on him again before the pair fled the house.
Tegan Lee Martin, 24, has been jailed after tasering her ex-boyfriend during a violent home invasion in South Australia in October, 2021
Mr Tiller suffered an 8cm laceration to his head and had to undergo emergency surgery with the wound cutting down to the bone.
Martin pleaded guilty to aggravated serious criminal trespass in a place of residence, and one count of aggravated causing harm with intent to cause harm.
Adelaide District Court Justice Julie McIntyre said Martin and Mr Tiller had split up some three years before the incident but said there was ‘plainly ill will’ between them.
‘Your relationship was characterised by dysfunction and immaturity on both sides,’ she said in sentencing on Monday.
Justice McIntyre said the home invasion was ‘premeditated’ and that Martin was ‘heavily intoxicated’ at the time.
She said Martin had struggled with addictions to marijuana, MDMA and alcohol but hadn’t used any of the substances since her arrest.
Martin also has ‘significant issues’ with her mental health which she was hospitalised for, and was found to fit the criteria for borderline personality disorder.
Justice McIntyre said the fact Martin was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the home invasion didn’t excuse the pain she’d caused to Mr Tiller.
‘You were an active participant in the assault upon Mr Tiller, using the taser on several occasions. The fact that you were, at the time, under the influence of drugs and alcohol does not excuse your appalling behaviour in any way,’ she said.
The 24-year-old suffered from mental health issues and had been addicted to marijuana, MDMA and alcohol
She added it was possible Mr Tiller may not recover fully from the violent assault.
‘He has post-traumatic stress disorder. He no longer feels safe in his own home and has described feelings of anxiety, paranoia and depression,’ she said.
‘Mr Tiller says he has also developed a short-term memory loss and has continuing head pain due to his injury. It will be a long process before Mr Tiller is fully recovered, if at all.’
Justice McIntyre accepted Martin showed remorse, and took into account the one month she’d spent behind bars following her arrest.
Martin was sentenced to two years and five months behind bars.
She will be eligible for parole in December this year.
Martin had been working as a cleaner and had hoped to work in skin care after completing more training in the beauty industry.