Teacher pleads guilty to hockey stick assault
A HIGH school teacher who used a hockey stick to smash a windscreen and assault another man has blamed a ‘”personal issue”.
Joseph Pinto pleaded guilty to criminal damage, unlawful assault and carrying an article with intent to cause fear at the Fremantle Magistrates Court yesterday.
On Friday, August 24, in Parkwood, Mr Pinto and the victim met to discuss a personal issue. After a discussion, Mr Pinto went back to his car and took out a hockey stick.
He then hit the victim on the arms and legs and proceeded to smash the victim’s car windscreen.
The assault was near a playground with children present.
The lawyer for the 50-yearold said he went back to the car to show the victim an email chain after he did not feel the victim’s apology was sincere.
The next day he presented himself to a police station.
Mr Pinto was ordered to pay up to $3800 in fines.
Mr Pinto’s lawyer applied and was awarded a spent conviction due to his profession as a high school science teacher.