Assault over damaged window

A DISCUSSION over a smashed window escalated into an assault and led to a man’s car being damaged, the Coffs Harbour Local Court heard this week.

On the evening of April 4, about 8.30pm, local man Geoffrey Alan Walter, 43, visited a house in Boultwood Street after several hours drinking at a club.

After knocking on the front door, he spoke with a man denying that he was to blame for damage to a window.

The discussion is said to have become heated before Walter allegedly lunged at the man.

The court heard as he walked from the scene he approached the man’s Toyota Hilux, striking the passenger side mirror.

The victim said Walter then yelled out, “There you go, it’s smashed, bring it on, call the police.”

The matter was referred and officers interviewed Walter over the claims on April 9 where he admitted to slapping the mirror of the vehicle.

He was charged with common assault and destroying property.

Pleading guilty to the offences this week, he was ordered to serve a 12-month good behaviour bond, told not to approach the man, and fined $500 plus court costs.



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