Teacher pleads guilty to hockey stick as­sault

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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