INTOXICATION was the excuse a man gave for throwing a watermelon and taunting a 70-year-old man and his wife at their fruit stall in the Smart Street Mall.
Tyler Michael Tann-Green pleaded guilty to damaging property, disorderly behaviour in public and stealing when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court last week.
Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Tann-Green had been drinking at Norma Jeans in Mandurah on June 15 and he left in the early hours of the morning.
She said Tann-Green was picking up fruit from the stall and said they were free.
Tann-Green was told to leave but he grabbed a watermelon and ran into the street with it. Tann-Green was laughing and yelling as he threw the watermelon to the ground.
Duty lawyer Claire Hay said it was appalling behaviour.
She said Tann-Green had been intoxicated and “he does not know why he behaved like this.”
Ms Hay said Tann-Green had taken part in a mediation and had written a letter of apology to the victim.
Magistrate Anne Longden said Tann-Green had behaved in a horrible way. He was placed on an eight-month community based order, with supervision requirements. He was ordered to do 60 hours of community work.
Ms Longden refused a spent conviction request, saying Tann-Green must face the consequences of his actions.
Co-accused Lachlan Steven Boogaard-Mitchell pleaded guilty to behaving in a disorderly manner and not guilty to stealing and unlawful assault. He is due to appear in Mandurah Magistrates Court on February 17.