Spent con­vic­tion for coun­cil­lor

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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