Man fined after breaking car windows
A MAN who used a golf club to break the windows of a car containing two people at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre carpark has been fined $1500.
Raymond Peter Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and one of wilful damage in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The court heard that Whitsunday Police were called to the shopping centre at 7.30pm on November 28.
The victim had reversed his utility out of a parking space when the driver’s side window was hit by the golf club, causing it to smash.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said after striking the window a second time, Wilson walked around to the passenger side, swinging the club into the front windscreen, which also smashed.
Ms Smith said the female passenger felt threatened and scared and believed she was going to be hit by the club herself.
The court was told the victims drove straight to the Whitsunday Police Station while a security guard at the shopping centre followed Wilson and stayed with him until police arrived.
Defence solicitor John Wilson from Macrossan and Amiet, said his client’s family had been out at Banjo’s when an altercation took place in the carpark between the victim and Wilson’s stepson.
He said Wilson overheard a conversation about it and reacted to that, but had never behaved in this manner before and had never been before a court before.
He claimed this was totally out of character for the 50year-old machine operator, who was ashamed and embarrassed by what he had done.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist questioned what Wilson was doing in a carpark with a golf club at night, saying he was “better off using it during the daytime with a lot of grass around it”.
He also pointed out this was not just one hit.
Nonetheless and despite the substantial fine, Magistrate Stjernqvist did not record convictions against Wilson on any count.