RAISING THE BAR: Darryl Steven Heath pleaded guilty to going armed to cause fear and unlawful entry of a vehicle.
RAISING THE BAR: Darryl Steven Heath pleaded guilty to going armed to cause fear and unlawful entry of a vehicle. Contributed

Father high on speed when he threatened driver with bar

A 35-YEAR-OLD father was high on speed when he leapt into a stranger's car and threatened the female driver with a bar.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Darryl Steven Heath pleaded guilty to going armed to cause fear and unlawful entry of a vehicle.

The court was told Heath had apparently taken offence at a comment made by a woman who was sitting in her car at a petrol station in Dinmore.

After a verbal exchange, Heath got out of his vehicle and half dove through the woman's passenger-side window while holding the bar in a threatening manner.

The woman's 17-year-old son was also sitting in the car when the incident took place on June 14.

Before he was brought into court, Heath had spent 101 days in jail after he breached bail for another matter on December 12.

Defence lawyer Claire Greer-Wilson said Heath, a former volunteer firefighter, had a number of mental health issues and a drug problem.

At the time of the altercation, Ms Greer-Wilson said her client was badly affected by speed and had little memory of it. Heath opted to plead guilty however after he was informed that CCTV cameras had recorded the entire incident.

Ms Greer-Wilson said Health had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

She said Heath had been meeting with the prison psychiatrist during his time in jail and would continue counselling upon his release.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove told Heath that being under the influence of drugs was "no defence in law".

Mr Cosgrove said Health's aggressive behaviour would have been frightening for the victim.

"It's fortunate that you didn't take your hostile attitude towards this poor woman any further," Mr Cosgrove said.

Heath was sentenced to nine months in prison and was released on parole on the condition he be put under supervision and undergo random drug testing.



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