The manager managed to restrain the accused until security guards could arrive - with police eventually arresting the man.
The court heard that the accused had drunk half a bottle of whiskey and taken meth on the morning of the offence, prior to him arriving at the ALDI store.
And while Mr Ward argued that he only carried the knuckledusters for ‘self protection’ and used them ‘as an instinctive response’, The West Australian says the court also heard that he’d been expelled from high school for ‘choking a friend’ and that his own mother had ‘been fearful’ of him.
Police prosecutors had been pushing for the accused to receive an immediate jail sentence, however Justice Anthony Derrick said he was satisfied’ that a suspended prison term was an appropriate punishment.
‘I have no doubt having watched the security footage that the whole incident, even though it was short in duration, must have been quite traumatising for (the victim). It may well also have caused upset to the members of the public who happened to see some or all of what occurred as they were going about their business,’ Justice Derrick said, as reported by The West Australian.
‘I consider that although the offence is serious, it is not so serious that… the only appropriate disposition is immediate imprisonment.’
Justice Derrick also issued this warning to the defendant: ‘It is very important for your sake that you do not put a foot wrong during the period of suspension.’
The accused was sentenced to two years’ jail suspended for 18 months and placed under a variety of conditions, including that he cannot leave Western Australia without consent.