Court: Costly night out for young men found guilty of criminal damage to Shire of Manjimup property

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Two men have been sentenced on counts of criminal damage.
Camera IconTwo men have been sentenced on counts of criminal damage. Credit: Ben Loughran/Manjimup Bridgetown Times

A Manjimup man’s wild night out during which he damaged two rubbish bins by jumping on them in front of a crowd outside a popular local watering hole has left him with a hefty bill.

His antics were seen by police live on CCTV.

Rastus Herdigan appeared in Manjimup Magistrates Court on March 2 to plead guilty to damaging two Shire of Manjimup rubbish bins.

He jumped on the first bin in front of a large crowd after leaving the Tall Timbers Hotel in Manjimup at 12.05am on January 15.

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The court heard Herdigan was joined by another young man who also jumped on the bin.

Herdigan crossed the road outside the venue before climbing on to another bin outside the Giblett Street public toilets at 12.19am and jumping on the metal lid.

Shire of Manjimup CCTV showed Herdigan jumping on the metal bins with enough force to dent the lids.

Manjimup police officers saw Herdigan’s actions live on the CCTV in the Manjimup police station and went to Giblett Street, speaking to both Herdigan and the other individual involved.

Magistrate Tanya Watt said Herdigan’s behaviour was concerning but the larger issue was the impact his actions had on the Manjimup community.

“It escapes me why you would even think that was a good idea,” she said.

“It’s costly to the community, that’s the issue really.”

Ms Watt fined Herdigan $1500 for criminal damage.

Co-accused Kyle Jones appeared in Manjimup Magistrates Court later on the same day and was found guilty on one count of criminal damage to a Shire of Manjimup rubbish bin.

In a interview, Jones told police his behaviour was very out of character and he had drank too much.

Jones was fined $1500 for criminal damage.

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