Mandurah: man fined for smashing power point in Missing Persons Memorial Park says he was doing ‘public service’

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A MAN who smashed a City of Mandurah community power point in Missing Persons Memorial Park said his actions were a “public service”.

Benjamin Patrick Drury pleaded guilty to destroying the power point when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today .

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows said Drury smashed the power point on March 16.

Drury wanted to use the community phone chargers set up for the homeless within the park, but found they were turned off by the City of Mandurah ahead of the weekend’s Crab Festival celebrations.

Drury attempted to use the charging point, found it wasn’t working and smashed it.

Police said Drury told them he smashed it because he was “disappointed” they weren’t working.

However, Drury told the court today he “did it for public service” because he found a knife near it.

“I felt compelled for the better good and safety of other people,” he said.

Drury was ordered to pay $600 in restitution costs.

Magistrate Mark Millington said Drury accepted responsibility for his actions and fined him $300.

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