Man breaks cars over split
A MAN caused $10,000 damage to cars belonging to the people he thought had caused his relationship breakdown.
Andrew Evert Gouw, 22, had broken up with his girlfriend and went to a house in Camira where her friends lived.
The first car Gouw damaged was a Holden Commodore, on which he had snapped the side mirrors, scratched the paintwork and removed the rear number plates.
He then snapped the aerial and windscreen wipers off another car, and scratched the paintwork on its bonnet, roof and boot.
The third car received significant damage when Gouw threw a concrete block at it, smashing the windscreen and damaging the bonnet. He also snapped off the car's side mirrors and windscreen wipers. A fourth car was also damaged.
All up Gouw will have to pay $9952.66 restitution for his actions.
He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to four counts of wilful damage. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.
Defence lawyer Greg Ploetz said Gouw had only just got out of rehab at the time of the offence, March 28, and had relapsed into using drugs again.
Mr Ploetz said there had been issues with people at the address regarding the separation from his girlfriend and he "just lost it".
During the hearing Magistrate Roger Stark told Gouw, who was slumped and swinging in his chair, to "sit up please - you are in a courtroom".
The case had to be adjourned to see if Gouw would be a suitable candidate for probation, given that he was about to enter a 10-month rehab program.