Meth affected man terrifies Baldivis neighbour

Rockingham Magistrates Court
Rockingham Magistrates Court

A MAN who chased a neighbour’s car down the road while screaming and brandishing a sharpening steel has been given a suspended prison term.

Paul Stephen Durant pleaded guilty to being armed to cause fear and obstructing public officers when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 25.

The court heard how Durant was wandering along a Baldivis street when the victim pulled into the driveway of their home.

Durant ran towards the driver’s door screaming and shouting before swinging a 60cm sharpening steel at the driver.

Fearing for their life, the driver reversed and drove away while Durant chased them down the road still brandishing the steel and screaming and shouting.

When police arrived Durant was wandering the street, appearing highly aggressive and under the influence of an unknown substance.

He then charged at police who, fearing for their own and others’ safety, tasered him.

Durant then got up and ran away to a house, where he barricaded himself in by drilling planks of wood into the door frame.

Police approached and broke down the barricade before Durant charged at them with a hand-held battery-operated drill.

Police tasered him two more times before they were finally able to subdue and arrest him.

Defence lawyer John Bochat said “it was bizarre behaviour in the extreme”.

“He was a former plumber who got a text just before Christmas stating he no longer had any work,” he said.

“He got into financial difficulty after that.

“He was invited to a friend’s house some days before the incident where the friend pulled out some ice and they smoked it.

“He couldn’t sleep and one night heard noises; went out to investigate and it was his neighbour who said he ‘had just seen kids run through both their backyards’.

“He goes out on to the street to see if he could find them and sees the neighbour in their car.

“He taps on the window to ask if the neighbour had seen anything.”

He said Durant had written a letter of apology to his neighbour.

Durant was given a seven-month term, suspended for 12 months.