Rockingham: Magistrate dresses down man over casual court appearance

Rockingham: Magistrate dresses down man over casual court appearance

A MAN who mistook court for a tropical island received a dressing down from the Magistrate at Rockingham Magistrates Court yesterday .

Ilalio Niko turned up to court wearing a T-shirt and sarong, and was not wearing any shoes.

He was repeatedly asked by security staff to put on shoes but he refused; Magistrate Leanne Atkins questioned him about it.

“Can I ask you to be properly attired for court next time?” she said.

“You must have something on your feet.”

Niko pleaded guilty to two breaches of bail, one count of disorderly behaviour in public, giving false details to police and one count of stealing.

The prosecutor said Niko was outside the Penthouse Nightclub in Perth on August 23 at 2am when he began yelling obscenities at police.

He gave police a false name and when they queried it he became aggressive.

He started punching his hands together violently and said “c’mon you dogs, take me to jail”.

He stole from Liquor Barons in Halls Head where, after browsing the store for a few minutes, he selected a bottle of Jack Daniels then ran out the door without paying.

The duty lawyer said the 19-year-old came to Perth from Samoa in 2013 for a better life and that English was his second language.

He said Niko did not know what bail meant and when police told him to ‘stay out of trouble’ he thought he did not have to go to court.

The lawyer wanted a spent conviction as Niko worked casually as a security guard and could lose his security licence.

Magistrate Atkins disagreed with a spent conviction.

“Certainly not, there are four separate dates of offending,” she said.

“I am looking at an order so he has something constructive to do with his time.

“This offending has to stop, you are so young, otherwise you will be going through those white doors over there.”

He received a 12-month community-based order with supervision requirements and 60 hours community work.

He was required to pay $265.50 court costs and pay $50 to Liquor Barons Halls Head for the bottle of Jack Daniels.