Man fined af­ter break­ing car win­dows

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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