Spent conviction for councillor
A City of Karratha councillor has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour in an incident after a National Party event in Karratha.
Last Wednesday Robin Klaas Vandenberg, 63, was handed a spent conviction, a $750 fine and ordered to pay costs, over the incident involving a fellow councillor on February 26 at Blanche Bar.
The court heard Vandenberg fell asleep in a chair outside next to a group including a female City councillor after drinking with friends.
The court heard-Vandenberg woke up at 10.30pm and began behaving in an insulting, offensive or threatening manner and using insulting, offensive or threatening language towards the female councillor, and challenged a man to a fight.
Defence lawyer David Paabo said Vandenberg was remorseful and embarrassed at the charges and had to publicly account for his actions.
Vandenberg was also due to face court on Thursday after an application by City of Karratha councillor Fiona White-Hartig for a violence restraining order against him, but the case was discontinued.