Man's whipper snipper attack: ‘Run, fat boy!’
A Jim's Mowing franchisee has admitted he attacked a man with a whipper snipper, yelling "run, fat boy", but his boss says "even the best people can make mistakes".
WA Police said Keith Edward Thurston-Moon, 41, and the victim argued outside a shop in the Perth suburb of Cloverdale about 11.40am on August 31.
Thurston-Moon grabbed a whipper snipper from his vehicle, then repeatedly pulled the ripcord, prompting the victim to seek refuge inside a shop.
When the victim left a short time later, Thurston-Moon struck him with the line trimmer, causing cuts to his body, police said.
Thurston-Moon faced Perth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to being armed in a way that may cause fear with intent to harm, and doing an act causing bodily harm.
He was granted bail and will face the WA District Court for a sentencing hearing on November 20.
Jim's Group managing director Jim Penman told the NCA NewsWire that Thurston-Moon was a long-term franchisee and "even the best people can make mistakes".
"The gentleman in question demanded money, and when refused, threatened Keith at length both verbally and with a bottle," Mr Penman said.
"He also threatened to smash the window of Keith's car, so when he moved towards the vehicle, Keith chased him and hit him with the brush-cutter on his backside.
"Regardless of the provocation, I told Keith he was very foolish to react in this way. Better to let the window be smashed and then take legal action himself."
Originally published as Whipper snipper attack: 'Run, fat boy!'