On pa­role af­ter tak­ing mat­ter into own hands

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who pleaded guilty to charges of wil­ful dam­age, en­ter­ing a dwelling and com­mit­ting an in­dictable of­fence, will spend the next six months on pa­role.

Aaron Phillip Bell ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, where he chose to rep­re­sent him­self by way of a de­fence.

The court heard that on Novem­ber 22, Bell went to the ad­dress of a man he knew, which he al­legedly en­tered un­in­vited.

When the com­plainant and a wit­ness went to check on the noise, they found Bell stand­ing in the kitchen hold­ing a pair of scis­sors.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said Bell punched the com­plainant and threw three metal room di­viders off the bal­cony, which im­pacted with the roof of a Toy­ota Prado, parked be­low. On Jan­uary 22, Bell was ar­rested. Ms Cas­sells said he ad­mit­ted push­ing the com­plainant but de­nied punch­ing him.

She said this was a very se­ri­ous of­fence that po­ten­tially car­ried a term of life im­pris­on­ment and she asked mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist to take this into ac­count.

Bell then told the court that the com­plainant had pre­vi­ously been a friend. He said there was an ar­gu­ment and he was an­gry with him, over mat­ters which Mr St­jern­qvist sug­gested he would have been bet­ter off tak­ing to po­lice.

“This is a very good ex­am­ple of what hap­pens when people take mat­ters into their own hands,” Mr St­jern­qvist said.

Bell was sen­tenced to a to­tal pe­riod of six months im­pris­on­ment with an im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease.

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