Alcohol-fuelled home invader avoids jail over Mount Magnet assault

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A Mount Magnet man who bashed another during an early morning and alcohol-fuelled home invasion has avoided time behind bars.

The victim suffered bruising to his head and body in an altercation after Nathan Gregory Simpson stormed into the house around 3am on January 11, 2020.

He was arrested two hours later after occupants of the house identified him to police.

The 25-year-old appeared in the District Court on Monday where he was placed on a 20-month conditional suspended imprisonment order with program and supervision requirements for an aggravated common assault charge.

The court was told Simpson attended the address in company with three other males to confront an occupant of that address.

The three males, his nephews, were a “show of force” intended to scare the occupants, however they were not charged over the incident.

Prosecutor Leslie Gabriel said Simpson woke the sleeping resident as he entered the building shouting and immediately began throwing punches at a man.

“The victim went to the front of the house and forced the offender back outside, before getting into an altercation with punches being thrown by both parties,” he said.

Simpson then threw rocks at the house from the street smashing a window.

Sentencing the man, Judge Vicki Stewart said burglary offences were treated very seriously by the courts because of the lasting impacts felt by victims.

“People are entitled to feel safe in their own homes and this incident would have been traumatic and frightening to the people in the house in the early hours of that morning,” she said.

“As a result, people often have sleepless nights and they don’t feel secure in their own home. There was absolutely no excuse for Mr Simpson going there.”

Defence lawyer, George Giudice, told the court Simpson had taken significant steps to turn his life around since the incident and was “very ashamed” for what he had done.

“He’s of very good behaviour since,” he said. “He is back on the right track. He has bettered himself and he has stayed away from alcohol and drugs.”

Simpson will next appear in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on February 18 for sentencing on damaging property and common assault charges stemming from the incident.

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