Fam­ily feud over $900 car dent

The Observer - - NEWS - Sarah Barn­ham sarah.barn­ham@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

NEVER mess with an­other man’s car.

This was the les­son a young Glad­stone man missed when he caused more than $900 worth of dam­age to his step­fa­ther’s car dur­ing a fit of drunken rage.

23-year-old Lauch­lean Steven Al­lan Eas­ton pleaded guilty in the Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court to one count of wil­ful dam­age and one count of pub­lic nui­sance.

On Au­gust 9 at about 5pm po­lice were called to an ad­dress in Glad­stone where Eas­ton was seen jump­ing up and down on the bon­net of a car.

It was later re­vealed to po­lice that the car he was jump­ing on was his own, but ear­lier had at­tended the ad­dress of his step­fa­ther’s, where he first un­leashed his wrath.

Upon leav­ing his step­fa­ther’s house; swear­ing and yelling abuse, Eas­ton struck out his foot and kicked the tailgate of the car, mak­ing a $921 dent.

He then walked to Auck­land St where his own car was parked and jumped on the bon­net, but given he was in­tox­i­cated at the time, lost bal­ance and fell onto the road.

The court heard a car on the road had to brake sud­denly to avoid hit­ting him

De­fence lawyer Rio Ramos said her client was in­tox­i­cated at the time of of­fend­ing, and was on med­i­ca­tion at the time which didn’t mix well.

She said as a re­sult of the dam­age to his step­fa­ther’s car, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween them was now dam­aged, and the pair were not talk­ing.

She said her client saw it as pu­n­ish­ment and was deeply re­gret­ful for his ac­tion, given the pair had a good re­la­tion­ship be­fore the of­fend­ing.

Ms Ramos said while her client was un­em­ployed, he vol­un­teered reg­u­larly.

When Glad­stone Mag­is­trate Me­lanie Ho asked the man why he was an­gry, he said he didn’t know and left it down to be­ing drunk.

Resti­tu­tion for the dam­age to the car was not sought how­ever Eas­ton was placed on a good be­hav­iour bond for six months.

A con­vic­tion was not recorded.

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