Car smashed with baseball bat

A BASEBALL bat-brandishing teen smashed up a vehicle after two groups of youths met at an Ipswich service station to settle their differences.

Although the confrontation was said to have consisted mostly of aggressive posturing, 18-year-old Rowen James Ferguson took things a bit further.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Ferguson belted the front guard and shattered the rear windscreen of the opposing team's Ford sedan, which was parked at the 7-Eleven service station at Dinmore, about 11.30pm on December 5 last year.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and Ferguson, a furniture removalist who now lives at Redcliffe, pleaded guilty to wilful damage and public nuisance.

He also admitted to separate stealing charges in court on Monday, relating to his drunken escapades at Booval on May 3 this year.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Carmont said Ferguson stole a push bike and a lawnmower while on his way from the train station to his friend's house.

The court was told police thought something funny was going on when they saw Ferguson pushing a lawnmower down Blackstone Road about midnight.

He tried to run away but didn't get far, and was eventually left with no choice but to admit taking the mower from someone's backyard earlier that night.

That was after he'd stolen a bicycle from a house near the Booval train station.

Why he'd then decided to trade the bicycle for a lawnmower was unclear.

Defence lawyer Clark Bushnell said his client's actions were due to youthful exuberance and drunkenness.

“If this wasn't such a serious matter one could laugh at it all,” Mr Bushnell said.

“These were the opportunistic actions of a risk-taking 18-year-old.”

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said it was clear Ferguson had been associating with the wrong people.

“The incident at the service station could have ended quite violently,” she said.

She sentenced Ferguson to six months probation.

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