Dinner turns into destruction

A CASUAL dinner turned into a night of violence and destruction when a man was hit with a plank in a fight, triggering him to trash his attacker's vehicle.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told Jason Paul Walden, 26, of Bundaberg, his girlfriend, and a 20-year-old man visiting Bundaberg were part of a group who went to dinner at a local restaurant on April 2.

Walden and the visitor became involved in a brawl, during which Walden claimed he was attacked with a lump of wood.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Walden returned to where the visitor had been staying and embarked on a rampage to damage the man's car.

“The defendant slashed four tyres and broke the windscreen,” Sgt Stevens said.

“It appears he has climbed on the bonnet and roof and jumped on it.”

Sgt Stevens said police were seeking $5541 restitution on behalf of the victim for damage caused to the car.

Walden pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage.

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said the defendant was a qualified chef with a good work history.

“He was given parole release for another matter two or three weeks before this incident occurred,” he said.

Mr Bray said the car owner was a “friend of a friend” and had been staying at the same house as Walden when the offences happened.

The lawyer said although his client was pleading guilty, he was not the only one who had attacked the vehicle.

“He concedes it was he who damaged the vehicle quite significantly by jumping on the bonnet and roof,” he said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Walden to two months jail, wholly suspended for a year, and ordered he pay $5541.20 restitution.

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