Mandurah: fine for man who smashed ex-partner’s car windows

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A JEALOUS ex who smashed his former partner’s car windows was lucky to escape a serious penalty in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim, pleaded guilty to breaching bail, criminal damage, having no authority to drive and four counts of breaching a community order without excuse.

The court heard it was 9pm on April 19 when the man smashed the left front and back windows on the victim’s car.

He cracked the windscreen, then tried to smash the back right-side windows.

On April 2, he was pulled over driving a Nissan X-trail despite his learners permit being suspended on May 17.

Magistrate Richard Young called the man’s actions a nasty and spiteful act of domestic violence.

“Is the car fixed?” Magistrate Young asked.

“I think so,” the man said.

“Did you pay for it?” Magistrate Young said.

“No,” the man said.

“Why did she pay for it if you did it?” Magistrate Young said.

“I can understand people get upset about affairs of the heart, it happens to most at some point in their lives.

“But most go their separate ways without incidents like this happening.

“This goes beyond the upset of a breakup, it was designed to make you feel better, by making her feel worse.”

Magistrate Young was told the man, who was recently given a traineeship, had only completed 30 hours of a 40 hour court mandated community service order.

“I hope you have a better work ethic than you did for community service,” he said.

“It works out you did 15 minutes a day over the time of the order.”

Magistrate Young fined him $2000 for damaging the car, $1000 for driving while disqualified, fined him $100 for breaching bail and ordered him to forfeit $500.

The man was fined $2200 for the offences that he was placed on a conditional release order for and for breaching the orders.

He was disqualified from driving for nine months.

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