Joondalup Magistrates Court: teenager admits to drunken Girrawheen rampage

Joondalup Magistrates Court: teenager admits to drunken Girrawheen rampage

A TEENAGER who was part of a drunken group that went on a rampage smashing car windows after a fight in Girrawheen has avoided a hefty penalty.

Eli Dimer (19) faced Joondalup Magistrates Court on July 13, charged with criminal damage in relation to a Girrawheen Avenue incident from February 21.

Dimer admitted to the offences, with Magistrate Andrew Maughan sentencing him to an eight-month order with 40 hours community work.

The court heard Dimer was in a group that became involved in a fight with another group of men about 1.40am.

The group used wooden stakes to smash the windows of about five cars that were parked at a home.

Mr Maughan asked the police prosecutor if there were any racial overtones to the attack given the names of the complainants appeared to be of foreign origin.

The prosecutor said there was nothing to suggest that was the case.

Dimer’s duty lawyer said the offender had been walking ahead of his friends when he looked back to see them in a fight.

Mr Maughan accepted that version of events.

“With the benefit of hindsight, next time you might walk away,” he said.

“Alcohol might provide an explanation but it doesn’t provide an excuse.”