Jason Swain to control his temper
IN ANGER Coraki leather worker Jason Swain threw a rock through the window of a car hitting its driver on the head after accusing the neighbour of ‘sleazing’ on to his girlfriend.
Swain, 34, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to destroying property and assault causing bodily harm to Peter Williams on November 21.
Swain admitted the incident, telling officers he believed his neighbour ‘was sleazing on to my girlfriend’.
Magistrate Robyn Denes told Swain throwing a rock through a car window when someone was inside was ‘dangerous and stupid’.
“I just lost my temper your honour,” replied a sheepish Swain.
Ms Denes said Swain had to learn how to deal with his temper and ordered he complete 80 hours of unpaid community service and pay Mr Williams $150 compensation for his window.
Defence lawyer Ben Cochrane said Swain intended to leave Coraki.
On the evening before the attack Swain went to Mr Williams’ house telling him: “You want to get out of town by tonight. If I get hold of you you’re not going to walk.”
This related to the victim being friends with Swain’s girlfriend.
The next afternoon, as Mr Williams, 26, reversed his car down the driveway, Swain threw a large rock through the driver’s side window, smashing it. The rock and shattered glass hit Mr Williams on the head, right shoulder and arm causing lacerations and grazes.
Bleeding from his injuries, Mr Williams drove to Coraki police station, which was unattended, then to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.
He reported the assault to Lismore police.