Man fined for ram­page

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Kate Field­ing

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

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