Boom gate breakage a costly lapse in judgment
A TEMPER outburst has cost a young man plenty after he turned a $6 car parking fee into a $1187 damages bill when he damaged a boom gate at Ipswich Hospital car park.
The offender Zack Tiedeman also scored a $750 fine after his bad behaviour landed him before Ipswich Magistrates Court.
The court heard he'd been going through an emotional time when he committed the offence.
Tiedeman, 26, pleaded guilty to causing wilful damage to a boom gate on Chelmsford Ave on Thursday, March 4.
Defence lawyer Amy Zanders said Tiedeman was very upset at the time because he'd been at the hospital where his grandmother was very ill and the family was saying goodbye.
Ms Zanders said that while his stress at the time provides some context to the incident, it did not excuse what he did.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Tiedeman it was a very irresponsible and stupid thing to do.
She said he lost his temper when the driver was trying to pay the $6 parking fee.
The driver pressed the Help button but Tiedeman got out of the car and ripped the barrier up and the gate came out of the ground.
It caused $1187 damage.
In addition to the fine, Ms Sturgess ordered Tiedman to pay $1187 restitution. No conviction was recorded.