Mandurah: pre-sentence order for man (31) over elderly assault

Mandurah: pre-sentence order for man (31) over elderly assault

A 31-year-old man was placed on a pre-sentence order in Mandurah Magistrates Court last week for the violent assault of an elderly man in January.

Raurke Matthew Phillip George pleaded guilty to unlawful assault and doing bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation.

The court heard that George became involved in a verbal altercation with his 71-year-old victim at the Woolworths’ carpark near Smart Street Mall.

George had taken exception to the way the elderly man was parked.

The two were standing so close, George kissed his victim’s face.

George struck the victim with his scooter helmet and struck him in the face with his fist.

The elderly man attended Peel Health Campus due to his injuries.

Counsel for the accused told the court the victim told George he was SAS-trained and George thought “his life was in danger”.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said an immediate term of imprisonment was on the cards, due to George’s criminal history of assault.

“Assaulting a person over 60 is something the community will not stand for,” she said.

She placed him on a pre-sentence order for nine months.

George will be sentenced on July 21.

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