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