Man breaks law gate, law wins

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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.

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