Mandurah: man pleads guilty to punching 60-year-old in mouth

A MAN on holiday in Mandurah punched a 60-year-old in the mouth for filming him with his mobile – while his friend assaulted people with a crab scoop – it was heard in Mandurah Magistrates Court.

Michael John Vanderzwan pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in circumstances of aggravation, namely that the victim was more than 60 years old.

On Tuesday, the police prosecutor told the court that Vanderzwan was at Dawesville Estuary on January 2, when he assaulted the 60-year-old man.

Vanderzwan, who is 198cm tall, became verbally abusive to a group of men at the foreshore.

The 60-year-old man began filming Vanderzwan.

When the co-accused, James Edward Worsfold became aware that Vanderzwan was embroiled in an altercation he came running over to help his friend.

Worsfold attacked the 60-year-old and three other men with a crab scoop.

He pleaded guilty on March 1 to assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and aggravated common assault.

For his part in the attack, Worsfold received a seven-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of $1000.

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The police prosecutor said Vanderzwan punched the 60-year-old man in the mouth.

Vanderzwan, who represented himself, said he approached the 60-year-old and his group because they had been driving dangerously in a Landcruiser on the foreshore.

He said the group were endangering the safety of his children, which made him angry.

“He kept getting in my face with his phone and my kids were there,” he said.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards admonished Vanderzwan for his role in the attack.

“You would have thought you’d gotten to an age where you don’t need to use your fists in a conflict situation?” she said.

Vanderzwan said he was “just angry”.

“This happened around my children, they were nearly run over by their car,” he said.

Magistrate Edwards fined him $1800 to be paid to his victim.