Bad neigh­bour

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A SOUTH Lake man has fronted court af­ter he van­dalised his next-door neigh­bour’s rose bush and let­ter­box, then de­stroyed her CCTV cam­era when he re­alised he was be­ing filmed.

Jack Thomas Har­vey’s drunken August 12 melt­down was cap­tured on a neigh­bour’s CCTV cam­era and he was ar­rested at his home days later.

Har­vey, 25, told Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day that his neigh­bour had been “pok­ing me with a stick” and “pro­vok­ing me”, though he did not elab­o­rate on the cause of the feud.

He pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age and was fined $800. He was also or­dered to pay $700 com­pen­sa­tion and

$118.50 in court costs.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Act­ing Sergeant Keryn Turner said the footage showed Har­vey “cut” his neigh­bour’s roses and kick her let­ter­box, which was “dam­aged beyond re­pair”.

“When he re­alised he was be­ing filmed by a CCTV cam­era, he’s ap­proached the cam­era and ripped it from the roof,” she said.

“He threw it across the road into a va­cant block and re­turned to his house.”

A some­what puz­zled Mag­is­trate Adam Hills-Wright had to query the pros­e­cu­tor re­gard­ing Har­vey’s in­tent.

“So he’s cut­ting them, not in a sense of a bouquet, but cut­ting them in a sense of dam­age,” Mr Hills-Wright con­cluded.

Har­vey, who rep­re­sented him­self, said he was drunk at the time and now in­tended to move to an­other ad­dress.

He said he had been un­em­ployed for more than a year but hoped to re­turn to the drilling in­dus­try.

The mag­is­trate took into ac­count Har­vey’s early guilty plea and ac­knowl­edged that he ap­peared “gen­uinely re­morse­ful”.

Jack Thomas Har­vey

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