Intruder bashing case
A MAN accused of using excessive force against an intruder during a ram raid at his father’s mower business last April has escaped jail time.
Shane Fisher (30) was sentenced in Perth District Court on Thursday to an 18 month suspended jail term for causing grievous bodily harm.
The court heard that Mr Fisher and his father Pat were on the way home with dinner, when Mr Fisher Snr received a notification there was a break in at his Mower Magic business.
When they arrived the back roller door was destroyed.
The court heard that security camera vision captured victim Peter John Bryant loading mowing equipment into a trailer.
The vision showed Fisher chased Bryant, who tripped.
Fisher straddled him and punched him approximately 15 times.
At one point Fisher was seen picking Bryant up at waist-height while unconscious and dropping him on the ground.
Bryant spent 15 days in intensive care at Royal Perth Hospital and 17 days in the brain rehabilitation unit at Fiona Stanley.
Counsel for the accused Max Crispe described the incident in April as an “overreaction”, but said his client was not a vigilante.
This is the first case of significant offending on Fisher’s record.
Prosecution lawyer Gabrielle Clarke described the offending as “revenge”.
She said the business had been suffering and had numerous break-ins in the past.
“Although the victim was clearly not a law abiding citizen that evening, he is still entitled to the full protection of the law,” she said.
“A message must get out that violence of this sort, vigilante justice, is intolerable.”
The Fishers received an overwhelming amount of public support following the attack.
More than 14,000 people signed a petition asking WA Attorney General Michael Mischin to drop the charges against Fisher and his father.
Bryant and Mr Fisher Snr will face court this year.
A smashed roller door at Mower Magic.