Guilty plea ex­pected on samu­rai charges

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Kate Field­ing

A LAWYER for a man who al­legedly wielded a samu­rai sword in a park be­fore do­ing sev­eral burnouts out­side Wa­roona Po­lice Sta­tion has told Bun­bury Mag­is­trates Court he in­tends to plead guilty to a string of charges.

Thomas Gould, 31, of Man­durah, ap­peared via video link from Bun­bury Re­gional Pri­son on Thurs­day when de­fence lawyer Fiona Walsh told the court she wanted her client brought up in per­son for sen­tenc­ing.

On March 18, Mr Gould al­legedly started yelling and swear­ing while wield­ing a sword at Drakes­brook Cen­ten­nial Park about 11am.

Mr Gould then al­legedly started hit­ting a tree with the sword be­fore re­turn­ing to his car and driv­ing away.

Po­lice al­lege Mr Gould drove to the po­lice sta­tion where he did sev­eral burnouts and caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the sta­tion’s front gar­den.

Mr Gould al­legedly drove away be­fore he was ar­rested at the town’s ceme­tery a short time later.

Po­lice al­lege the samu­rai sword was found in the space be­tween the driver’s side door and the driver’s seat of Mr Gould’s car.

Mr Gould faces one count each of be­ing armed in a way that may cause fear, dam­ag­ing prop­erty, fail­ing to wear a seat­belt, ob­struct­ing po­lice, pos­sess­ing cannabis and reck­less driv­ing.

Mr Gould also faces one count of dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in pub­lic af­ter po­lice al­lege he was in­volved in an ear­lier in­ci­dent at Peel Health Cam­pus.

In court, Ms Walsh said Mr Gould was likely to en­ter guilty pleas but she wanted him to be brought up in per­son so he could un­dergo a ver­bal pre-sen­tence re­port.

Ms Walsh said Mr Gould’s his­tory was “not too con­cern­ing” and a ver­bal as­sess­ment would not take long.

The mat­ters were re­manded un­til to­day.

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