A 51-year-old man charged with harassment/intimidation after threatening to kill a petrol station customer was placed on a nine-month community correction order at Cowra Local Court on March 16.
Peter Warren of Yarrawonga Crescent was told his actions would have “terrified” the person.
“It was unprovoked,” said magistrate Jillian Kiely.
After being asked by Warren’s lawyer not to register a conviction, Ms Kiely told the court the matter was too serious to take no action.
“A conviction is something the community would expect for this offence,” Ms Kiely said.
Police documents, shown in court, revealed that at 8.45am on Monday November 29 last year, Warren drove to a petrol station in Cowra and, after refueling, entered the station without a mask.
The head of the court, when asked if he had a mask, told the gas station attendant that he had one in his car.
Police said Warren was asked to get it before he was served, to which he said he would “come back and pay it later”.
Warren then left the scene, walking about half a mile before returning and walking towards the front of the store, hitting a window with his right first and with all his weight, the court heard.
Police said he then entered the store screaming loudly and banging on the window again.
Police say that when Warren left the gas station building, the victim, who was at the gas station when Warren first arrived, walked to the gas station to pay for fuel , shaking his head.
Police said seeing this Warren screaming “are you right there I’m gonna end your fucking life”.
Court heard that Warren then got into his vehicle and approached the victim’s vehicle, shouting “I hope your vehicle is insured because I’m going to hit it” before driving off.
Warren pleaded guilty to the offence.
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