Temper ‘snap’ proved expensive

May 16, 2017

AN ECHUCA man who snapped an indicator stalk in a car belonging to his ex-partner has been convicted.

Murray Doherty, 53, faced Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Jones said Doherty was drinking at his ex-partner’s home on November 26 when an argument broke out over alcohol, cigarettes and financial issues.

Doherty was asked to leave the home and, when he did, he went to the backyard to collect his dog.

As he was leaving, the victim’s adult daughter followed Doherty and observed him stop next to a parked car, reach in and snap the indicator stalk.

The court heard Doherty had previously been placed on a suspended prison sentence due to alcohol-related driving matters.

Magistrate Michael King fined Doherty $400, along with $79.50 in statutory costs, and ordered him to pay $180 in compensation costs.

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