Guilty plea expected on samurai charges
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.