Madeley road rage: man fined over tomahawk incident

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JOONDALUP Magistrates Court has heard a road rage incident led to a young man telling a motorist he would “put” a tomahawk “in” his “skull” if he drove slow again in Madeley.

Gerard Clonan pleaded guilty in Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday to being armed in a way to cause fear on Wanneroo Road on December 19.

Magistrate Dianne Scadden berated the offender and denied his application for a spent conviction.

The police prosecutor told the court that Clonan swerved his vehicle across three lanes to pursue a man who he thought was driving too slow about 7.20am.

The prosecutor said the father of two wielded a tomahawk when the two vehicles stopped.

The man was not known to him.

She said Clonan told the victim “I’m going to put this in your skull if you drive slow again.”

“The public would be horrified to hear about people driving around with tomahawks in their car,” she said.

Clonan’s duty lawyer said the two drivers had earlier been involved in a road dispute but the offender accepted he “should have let it go” and that he had made a “big mistake”.

He said Clonan had been going through some personal issues at the time and had sought counselling since the incident.

He asked for a spent conviction because a police clearance was important to Clonan’s job as an electrician.

Ms Scadden showed little sympathy.

“You took it to a whole new level and you put other road users at risk… no doubt frightening the pants off this particular person,” she said.

“You might have some personal issues; well welcome to everybody’s life.”

She considered the crime too serious for a spent conviction despite it being Clonan’s first time in court.

Clonan also pleaded guilty to abusing youths on a train in Joondalup just nine days before the road rage incident.

The Public Transport Authority prosecutor informed the court that Clonan shouted “c’mon c**ts” and told the youths he would “f*****g kill” them on December 10.

He was fined $3000 over the tomahawk incident and $700 for the train matter.