Man breaks law gate, law wins
A MAN who broke into Rockingham Police Station said it was because he was being chased by bouncers from Liquids nightclub.
Harley Ronald Hammett pleaded guilty to unlawful damage of property and trespass when he appeared in Rockingham Magistrates Court on July 10.
The prosecutor said Hammett began banging loudly and yelling at the front of Rockingham Police Station before he walked around the back and violently shook and banged at a gate and damaged it.
He then got into the back of the compound, where he shouted at officers who then quickly ran over and arrested him.
Police said he was in an agitated and highly animated state. The cost of the damage to the gate was $1086.
The duty lawyer said Hammett had been at Liquids nightclub an hour earlier, where he had been thrown out by bouncers who accused him of mishandling his girlfriend.
She said the bouncers then followed Hammett down the street. He went to his car to call the police, but due to his highly agitated state he was unable to talk to them, before walking to the station.
She said he accepted he was drunk at the time and he went about things in the wrong manner, but he truly believed the bouncers were going to hurt him.
Magistrate Elaine Campione accepted he was sorry.
“I accept that you are remorseful and ashamed of your actions,” she said.
“It was a serious breach of police security. You did go about things in totally, totally the wrong way.”
Magistrate Campione fined him $1500, ordered reparation of $1086 and gave him a spent conviction.