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Paraplegic man jailed over WA siege

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016

A depressed man who wanted to be shot dead by WA police, but was instead left a paraplegic and partially blind following a siege, has been jailed for six years.

Daniel John Ashley, 27, burst into his ex-girlfriend's Perth home in June last year, armed with weapons including a replica gun and baton, taking her and four other people hostage for three hours before he was shot twice.

He pleaded guilty to eight charges and was sentenced in the WA District Court on Thursday, with Judge Simon Stone noting Ashley's actions led to a terrifying and horrific ordeal for his hostages.

Judge Stone noted the siege followed the breakdown of Ashley's relationship and that he wanted to die at the hands of police by "cop suicide".

While inside the house, Ashley posted on Facebook: "Tonight, I'm going to die. I will be shot by police".

When he emerged from the Mosman Park house, Ashley ignored repeated calls to drop his weapon, which at the time was thought to be a gun, and was shot once in the torso before falling to the ground.

He then pointed his weapon at officers who shot him in the face.

"You are a self-centred and selfish individual," Judge Stone said.

"You will require long-term and lifelong care due to your physical disabilities ... you will be constantly reminded of what happened."

Defence lawyer Linda Black said Ashley was suffering from depression at the time and did not intend to cause anyone else serious physical harm.

She said Ashley had been left on a bed for 23 hours a day while in jail.

Judge Stone accepted Ashley had showed some remorse and had not intended to cause physical harm to his hostages.

"Prison is going to be difficult for you," he conceded.

But Judge Stone said general deterrence was a significant factor and people needed to know such criminal behaviour would not be tolerated.

Ashley must serve a minimum of four years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service available from www.vibe.com.au.

Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact the Depression Helpline (from 8am to midnight) on 0800 111 757.

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