Mandurah poo thrower traumatised victims

A MANDURAH man who threw faeces on staff members working at a Mandurah employment agency was ordered to pay compensation to his victims in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

On January 22, Steven Brodigan (40) became involved in an argument with an employee at Bridging the Gap on Mandurah Terrace.

He left, but came back and produced a plastic container filled with faeces.

Brodigan flicked the faeces, which covered four staff members and sprayed on the walls, the floor and the roof.

At least one woman had faeces on her face.

Brodigan claims the waste was from a dog.

In their victim’s impact statements all four women said they experienced anxiety following the assault.

They all suffered from a lack of sleep and one woman resigned from her position.

The women had to have repeated blood tests to monitor any potential health problems associated with being exposed to faeces.

In her sentencing remarks, Magistrate Vivien Edwards said Brodigan’s actions had a significant impact on the victims.

Magistrate Edwards said a psychological report Brodigan took part in did not reveal any psychological issues.

She said Brodigan described himself as “a larrikin” to the author of the report.

Magistrate Edwards said the report revealed that Brodigan had little insight into the impact his actions made on the victims.

Brodigan was taken into custody following the attack and since January had spent 271 days in jail overall.

He represented himself and appeared via videolink from Casuarina prison.

Brodigan said he hoped the Magistrate would take into account the ten months he had spent in prison when considering his sentence.

Magistrate Edwards said she would not sentence Brodigan to prison.

She said the time he had spent in custody was equivalent to an 18 month prison sentence with parole.

Brodigan was fined $500 for criminal damage and ordered to pay $2342 in compensation to Bridging the Gap.

For the four counts of common assault he was ordered to pay $1000 to each victim.

Brodigan was fined $750 for making threats, $750 for breaching a violence restraining order, $500 for breaching bail and ordered to pay $2000 in relation to the breach.

He will be released from prison.

Brodigan thanked the Magistrate, and said he would get a job and pay compensation to his victims.