Mandurah: men injured during crab scoop assault

A MANDURAH man was sentenced to prison for attacking three men with a crab scoop at Dawesville foreshore.

James Edward Worsfold (35) pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday (March 1) to assault occasioning bodily harm, aggravated common assault and common assault.

The police prosecutor told the court that Worsfold was at the foreshore on Estuary Road in Dawesville on January 2 when he found out his friend was in a fight.

Worsfold ran over to his friend and saw two men sitting in the front of a 4wd.

One of the men exited the car, but when he saw the accused charging toward him, he got back in.

Worsfold stabbed at the accused with the crab scoop’s wooden handle.

He hit his victim in the shoulder and his face.

This caused a small hole in the man’s mouth, which needed nine stiches to seal.

He also had bruising to his shoulder and face.

Worsfold then directed his attention to the second man and scooped at the man with the metal end of the scoop.

That man received scratches on his shoulder and neck.

During the attack, a third victim who was 60-years-old, began to film the incident on his phone.

Worsfold punched him to the left side of his mouth and jaw.

He yelled “do you know who I am?”

Worsfold struck the man with the wooden end of the scoop.

The elderly man received cuts to his mouth and head.

On February 5, police located the accused and took him to the station to take part in a recorded interview.

Worsfold, who represented himself, admitted to Magistrate Vivien Edwards that he was drunk.

Magistrate Edwards asked Worsfold what he was thinking during the attack.

“I just didn’t think,” Worsfold said.

Magistrate Edwards sentenced Worsfold to seven months in prison, suspended, for assault occasioning bodily harm and aggravated common assault.

He received a fine of $1000 for the common assault.