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Accused pens a threat

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

“You’ve got a familiar face; you’re a bit of a trouble maker,” Magistrate Gregory Robinson told a man who attended the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 5 July.
It was alleged by the prosecution, Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker, that Joshua Bielecki attended his neighbour’s property on July 13 last year, damaging his front door with black marking pen.
The court heard Bielecki wrote “keep slamming the door and I’ll slam your head”, on the victim’s door, claiming the victim “slams the door on his way to work,” the prosecution said.
The accused claimed he had paid $100 to his neighbour to cover the damage. However, the victim was an attendee in court and said he hadn’t received any monetary compensation.
Bielecki’s lawyer told the court his client struggles with stress and anxiety, and at the time of his offending he was suffering through a period of alcohol abuse.
“He hasn’t been in trouble since August 2018,” the accused’s lawyer said.
Magistrate Robinson told Bielecki he needs “to start taking responsibility for [his] actions.”
He was convicted and fined $500 and ordered to pay $180 in compensation.