Coun­cil­lor in court for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour

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A Kar­ratha coun­cil­lor ap­peared in court yes­ter­day on a charge of dis­or­derly be­hav­iour.

City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lor Robin Klaas Van­den­berg ap­peared in Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court ac­cused of dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in pub­lic un­der the Crim­i­nal Code for an al­leged in­ci­dent on Fe­bru­ary 26.

Mr Van­den­berg did not en­ter a plea but in­di­cated he in­tended to plead guilty. He sought a onemonth ad­journ­ment to re­ceive le­gal ad­vice from his Perth-based lawyer over worries he could end up with a crim­i­nal record.

How­ever, Mag­is­trate Robert Young said he was pre­pared to grant Mr Van­den­berg a spent con­vic­tion for the charge as he had no prior record.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor John Hart said he would be un­op­posed to a spent con­vic­tion.

Mr Van­den­berg will re-ap­pear in the mag­is­trate’s court in sev­eral weeks’ time.

As well as serv­ing on the coun­cil, Mr Van­den­berg is also the Na­tional Party Kar­ratha branch pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent of the KDCCI ex­ec­u­tive board, and a mem­ber of a num­ber of other lo­cal boards and club com­mit­tees.

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