Mandurah court: man knocks youth down with car in a case of mistaken identity

Mandurah court
Mandurah court

A MAN mounted the kerb and struck a youth down with his car because he was trying to detain him.

Ashley John Jardine (51) pleaded guilty to endangering the life, health or safety of a person when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tamara Read said Jardine and his wife owned a two-storey house in Halls Head.

She said youths had caused damage to Jardine’s house on Acerosa Boulevard had threatened his wife with scissors.

When Jardine and his wife found two youths inside their house, they called the police.

Sen Const Read said the two youths ran away and Jardine smashed an empty beer bottle and chased the pair.

Jardine got into a red car and saw the youths running on a Peelwood Parade footpath.

Sen Const Read said Jardine crossed the carriageway and mounted the kerb.

He struck one of the youths with his car, which was travelling slowly. The youth fell down and sustained grazing and soreness to his foot and back. The victim did not require medical attention.

Jardine told police he just wanted the youths to stay put until help arrived.

Lawyer Trent Petherick said Jardine wanted to talk to the kids and ask them who had damaged his house.

He said it was a misunderstanding. The two youths had not damaged his house or threatened his wife.

Magistrate Anne Longden said it was a bad idea for Jardine to take matters into his own hands.

Jardine was fined $2000 and was granted a spent conviction.