Waroona: man fined for threatening another man with baseball bat

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A MAN who carried a baseball bat to an elderly woman’s front door was fined in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Stuart Alan Cross pleaded guilty to being armed in a way to cause fear, and trespassing.

The court heard he was having drinks with a friend on July 6 in Waroona about 10.30pm.

They got into an argument and began to scuffle; the victim received bruising and scratches on his body.

Cross was hit in the head with a baseball bat during the scuffle.

In response he picked up the baseball bat and the victim ran to a neighbouring address.

The residents, two women in their 60s, told the accused he had to leave.

A seven-year-old grandchild was visiting at the time.

The accused shouted threats and abuse through the screen door at the victim.

When police arrived, Cross dropped the bat on the ground, at their request.

Magistrate Richard Young said this was a serious matter and Cross went to the neighbours with revenge and retribution on his mind.

“Being drunk does not excuse what happened,” he said.

“There is a community concern about alcohol related violence.

“You exposed a child to your behaviour.”

He fined Cross $1200 for being armed in a way that may cause fear and $600 for trespass.

He was ordered to pay $190.85 costs.

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