Man fined for rampage
A MAN who caused “fear, alarm and panic” among community members when he waved a samurai sword around in a Waroona park, believes he was having a reaction to sugar in a cigarette vaporiser combined with not taking his ADHD medicine.
Thomas Gould, 31, of Mandurah, also did several burnouts outside Waroona Police Station on March 18 after hours earlier forcing Peel Health Campus to go into lock down.
During sentencing in Bunbury Magistrates Court last week, Magistrate Belinda Coleman told Gould she was not sure if she accepted his explanation and he needed to get help.
Gould’s spree of offending started at the Mandurah hospital’s emergency department about 10am when he became aggressive towards staff and forced the facility into lockdown.
Police prosecutor Sgt Barry Phelps said “at the height of his rage” Gould punched a glass partition wall before picking up a bench seat and throwing it.
About an hour later, Gould was driving on South Western Highway in Waroona when he drove onto the wrong side of the road and forced another car to swerve to avoid a head-on collision.
Gould – while not wearing a seatbelt – continued to drive erratically on several streets, shredding his car’s tyres down to the metal before driving into the front garden of the police station.
Gould also drove to Drakesbrook Centennial Park where he yelled and swore while wielding the sword in a “threatening manner” before hitting a tree with the weapon.
When police later questioned Gould, he told officers he was “just gardening”.
Gould was eventually arrested and while in custody police found 1g of cannabis in his suitcase.
A verbal pre-sentence assessment showed Gould had not taken his medication and believed he was having a reaction.
The court was also told, Gould had ongoing issues with the Department of Child Protection over his children and had a history of methamphetamine and cannabis use.
Magistrate Coleman sentenced Gould to a 12-month Community Based Order with supervision and program requirements, along with 50 hours community work.
Gould was also fined $1550, ordered to pay $600 compensation to WA Police and had his driver’s licence disqualified for 14 months