On parole after taking matter into own hands
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.