Baldivis: man fined for school assault, claimed he was defending sister

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A BROTHER has claimed he was defending his sister when he waited at the school gates for a male student before assaulting him at a Baldivis school.

Lorenz Araneda sent an endorsed guilty plea in his absence for a common assault charge to Rockingham Magistrates Court on October 8.

The prosecutor said it happened on August 17 at 2.55pm.

Araneda (18) waited at the front gates of the school for a 17-year-old male student.

When he spotted him he followed him through a carpark before running up behind the victim and grabbing him by the throat and his leg, causing the victim to hit the ground.

He then threatened the victim telling him ‘not to f*** with his sister again’.

He was later arrested on September 21 where he made full admissions to the assault.

He told police he thought the victim had hit his sister.

Magistrate David Maclean read a statement Araneda had submitted with his guilty plea.

“My sister was hit in the face two days prior by (the victim). I took it up with the school but nothing happened.

“No disciplinary action was taken – I wanted to teach him a lesson not hurt him.

“I am extremely sorry.”

He also asked for a spent conviction.

Magistrate Maclean said it did appear to be out of character.

“He should have handled it differently but he did not. It was a unique set of circumstances where he was looking to protect the interest of his sister,” he said.

He was granted a spent conviction and fined $200.