The man could not remember anything when he awoke to find himself in the watch-house.
The man could not remember anything when he awoke to find himself in the watch-house. Brett Wortman

Man jumps on vehicle, smashes windscreen

A MAN jumped on top of a vehicle until the windscreen shattered before waking up bewildered in the watch-house.

The South Burnett man pleaded guilty to five charges in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday.

The defendant was charged with two counts of wilful damage and a public nuisance charge after police received several calls on Friday, February 8.

Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the defendant had been seen walking along, stumbling and screaming out abuse.

"He was observed kicking at cars, throwing objects at passing cars and walking into oncoming cars,” Sgt Gangemi said.

The court heard a witness saw the man jump on top of a vehicle.

"He was repeatedly jumping up and down on the roof until he caused the windscreen to shatter,” he said.

Sgt Gangemi said the police believed the man had been affected by an unknown substance.

Defence lawyer Andrew Kelly said the defendant had no memory of the public nuisance as he was extremely intoxicated.

"He woke up in the watch-house and didn't know what had happened until police explained it to him,” Mr Kelly said.

The damaged car owner's insurance paid $1356 for the damage, leaving the owner still out of pocket by $1036 for repairs.

The man was also charged for causing significant damage to the hinges of a gate and fence at a property.

A few days earlier, the defendant was present at his ex-partner's Towoomba residence, resulting in a contravention of a domestic violence order charge.

He has since relocated from Toowoomba to Kingaroy to be closer to his new partner.

The defendant broke the order's condition at 5.30pm on January 31.

The aggrieved told police she had a conversation with the defendant.

"He said herself and her male friend should die as he hadn't seen the kids as much as he'd like to,” Sgt Gangemi said.

Mr Kelly said the man had been trying to help his ex-partner.

At the time, the defendant had been living a transient life, living rough in parks near where his former partner, her new partner and his children were living.

The defendant talked with his ex-partner who was upset she could not get the children to school, after her new partner had allegedly put dints in the car and slashed her tyres.

"My client said he was happy to meet the children down the road to walk them to school,” Mr Kelly said.

In the afternoon, he went to the school to find the children and their mother were taking the bus home from school.

The court heard the defendant had thought he was permitted to go back to the residence to look at the damaged car.

Mr Kelly said the defendant was only trying to be helpful and did not have the argument in front of the children.

"It's not the case where he turned up in a drunken or violent manner, he thought maybe there was something he could do to help,” Mr Kelly said.

The man was also charged with the contravention of a probation order after he failed to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court and disengaged with services and officers.

His transient lifestyle due to homelessness, made reporting changes of address difficult.

The man was re-sentenced to seven days' imprisonment for each of the charges he was on probation for.

The defendant was also sentenced to seven days' imprisonment for the wilful damage charges.

These imprisonments were both wholly suspended for three months.

He was also ordered to pay $1036 retribution for the damaged car.

Due to the totality of the penalties, he was convicted but not further punished for the other charges.

South Burnett

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