Road rage at­tacker ‘can ex­pect jail’

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE Sin­gle­ton man charged with a road rage at­tack on the Kwinana Free­way in Oc­to­ber will be sen­tenced next month.

An­war Hau­tapu ap­peared in Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court last Tues­day morn­ing and pleaded guilty to charges of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and crim­i­nal dam­age.

The mag­is­trate told the 29year-old he could “ex­pect a term of im­pris­on­ment for the mat­ter” dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on May 10.

Hau­tapu was a pas­sen­ger in a black Holden As­tra that was be­ing driven ag­gres­sively af­ter an in­ci­dent with a Cock­burn grand­mother on the free­way HAMIL­TON HILL on-ramp in Suc­cess in Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter en­ter­ing the free­way, the As­tra pulled up be­side the Ford Fi­esta be­ing driven by the 56-year-old woman.

Po­lice said Mr Hau­tapu leaned out of the win­dow, yelled abuse at the woman and threw some­thing at her car.

He was filmed by the vic­tim leav­ing his car and ap­proach­ing her ve­hi­cle, shout­ing abuse and at­tempt­ing to open her driver’s door.

He then punched the driver’s win­dow, shat­ter­ing the glass and strik­ing the vic­tim on the right shoul­der, caus­ing mi­nor scratches.

Glass was spread through­out the vic­tim’s car. He then walked back to the Holden, which was driven off.

Hau­tapu was ar­rested on March 1, a day af­ter com­mu­ni­ aired footage of the in­ci­dent taken on the vic­tim’s mo­bile phone.

His lawyer re­quested me­di­a­tion be held be­tween Hau­tapu and the vic­tim, but the mag­is­trate said that would “sim­ply re-trau­ma­tise the vic­tim”.

To­gether again: Hay­ley Druyts with her three-year-old cat Mushuwho.


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