Man charged for alleged crime spree in Nannup after wielding a tomahawk and committing a brutal assault

EXCLUSIVE Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Jake William Aldridge appeared in Manjimup Magistrates Court.
Camera IconJake William Aldridge appeared in Manjimup Magistrates Court. Credit: Ben Loughran/Manjimup Bridgetown Times

A man is potentially staring down lengthy jail time after an alleged tomahawk-wielding crime spree in a quiet South West town during which two people were allegedly assaulted and a car windscreen smashed.

Jake William Aldridge on Thursday appeared in Manjimup Magistrates Court facing seven charges relating to a series of offences allegedly committed during a “day-long crime spree” in Nannup on November 3.

The charges include one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, being armed in a way that may cause fear, common assault, criminal damage, damaging property, made a threat to unlawfully do an act, and possession of a prohibited drug.

The court heard Mr Aldridge allegedly committed a series of violent offences, including wielding a tomahawk axe, assaulting two people and issuing violent threats.

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Mr Aldridge then allegedly smashed the windscreen of a Toyota LandCruiser to the value of $500, as well as allegedly damaging other property.

He was also charged with possession of cannabis.

Mr Aldridge said he understood the charges presented by Magistrate Tanya Watt and requested an adjournment to seek legal advice.

Ms Watt granted the case be adjourned to January 5 at the Manjimup Magistrates Court.

The maximum penalty for criminal damage is 14 years jail and $36,000 fine, while assault occasioning bodily carries a maximum penalty of two years jail and a $24,000 fine.

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