A MAN was so “overcome with rage” that his ex-girlfriend had a new partner, he used a tyre iron to smash the window of her car while she waited at traffic lights in Baldivis.
The man pleaded guilty to criminal damage and common assault when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.
Police prosecutor Tamara Read said the man entered the Chase Bar and Bistro in Baldivis on September 12 and pushed past his ex-girlfriend and her new partner.
She said the man was punching out at the new partner, who moved back and avoided the punches. The man then scuffled with the new partner, who sustained scratches and abrasions.
The ex-girlfriend and the new partner left the scene and were waiting at traffic lights to turn onto the Kwinana Freeway.
Sen Const Read said the man approached their vehicle and struck a window with a tyre iron.
The ex-girlfriend drove off through a red light.
The defence lawyer said her client thought he was going to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend and he mentioned he was going to the Chase Bar and Bistro.
She said he became angry when he heard a male voice while talking on the phone to his ex-girlfriend and disparaging comments were made.
She said he was in a state of high emotion when he saw his ex-girlfriend and her new partner at the venue.
He was on his way back to Mandurah when he saw his ex-girlfriend’s car at the traffic lights.
The lawyer said her client was shocked at his behaviour and had been going to counselling.
The man was a fly-in fly-out worker who volunteered for charity.
Magistrate Anne Longden said the man had no criminal record was remorseful.
She sentenced him to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and he must pay restitution for the damaged window.