Guilty plea to mayor at­tack

Midland Reporter - - News -

A PEN­SIONER who at­tacked the City of Swan Mayor with a mi­cro­phone af­ter an elec­tors’ meet­ing pleaded guilty in a Mid­land court last week. War­ren John Jeater ap­peared in Mid­land Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day charged with as­sault­ing a per­son per­form­ing a pub­lic func­tion and un­law­ful dam­age. The 67-year-old was ac­cused of hit­ting Mayor David Lu­cas over the head with a mi­cro­phone that left him with a bloody 2cm wound above the eye and bro­ken glasses. Jeater en­tered pleas of guilty to both charges, with his lawyer re­quest­ing the mat­ter be post­poned so a pre­sen­tence re­port could be pre­pared. His lawyer said the al­le­ga­tions were “quite se­ri­ous” and given his client had “some his­tory” of crim­i­nal dam­age he sought a six-week ad­journ­ment. Mag­is­trate Kevin Tavener granted the ad­journ­ment and re­minded Jeater that he was on bail and to not get him­self in any trou­ble. As he left court, Jeater placed a fin­ger to his mouth to sig­nal ‘no com­ment’ to ques­tions di­rected at him. He is due to be sen­tenced on Septem­ber 27.

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