Shoulder charge prank costs $1500

BLOND-HAIRED Tor McAlpin got more bang from his bounce than he intended after admitting in Lismore Local Court that he was ‘not using my head’ when he shoulder charged through a security screen door.

McAlpin, 19, from Lismore Heights, an apprentice electrical tradesman, pleaded guilty to maliciously destroying property, a security screen and glass door belonging to Suffolk’s Sports store in Keen Street at 12.50am on November 21 last year.

“Why on earth were you doing this for?” asked a somewhat perplexed magistrate Nicholas Reimer.

“Stupid, not using my head, just showing off,” replied a shame-faced McAlpin.

“Not intentionally trying to break anything. I was just trying to bounce the door and went through it.

“I wrote a letter of apology (to store owner Chris Doust.)”

Asked by Mr Reimer if he had been drinking? McAlpin replied yes.

When asked by the magistrate about comments made in a reference letter stating McAlpin was involved in several incidents with police in the past year, McAlpin replied it was in Queensland and did not involve breaking stuff.

Mr Reimer ordered the teenager to pay for the $1000 damages and convicted and fined him $500.

Police facts state McAlpin damaged the screen door ‘by running at the door and shoulder charging it’ which was witnessed by a security guard who saw him running away before getting into a black Holden SS Commodore with five people onboard.

He was arrested by police at 2am when the black Commodore was spotted by police in the McDonald’s car park at Ballina.

And according to the reference letter supplied to the court, McAlpin was remorseful for what he did and is now running for health and fitness, not drinking alcohol, and had learnt his lesson.



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