A judge has condemned a Wanganui man's "lawless,
intimidatory" behaviour over a parking space.
The "idiot with a car jack", as described by Judge David
Cameron, appeared in Whanganui District Court yesterday after
an incident where he tried to frighten off a stranger with a
Michael James Hamilton pleaded guilty to possessing an
offensive weapon following the July 3 offending when he was
motioning and "aggressively mouthing" for another driver to
drive away from the area he was parked in.
The other car was parked about 20 metres from the victim at
the time, police prosecutor Sergeant Drew Morrison told the
When the other driver didn't leave, Hamilton grabbed the jack
handle, got out of his car, and "aggressively gestured
towards the vehicle".
Judge David Cameron said he regarded the offending as
"totally and utterly socially unacceptable", and said a
stranger shouldn't be "confronted like this by an idiot with
a car jack in his hand, simply for being there".
"It's lawless, it's antisocial, it's intimidatory, it's not
acceptable, and will be met by a stern response from the
Defence lawyer Harete Hipango said Hamilton had no history of
"I've probed with this young man as to whether the brain
engaged with the action," Ms Hipango said.
She called Hamilton's actions "male bravado in front of two
Hamilton didn't move from his vehicle after stepping out of
it, she said.
"He's bored, he's frustrated, he's just doing silly, stupid
Mr Morrison said it would have been "a terrifying matter for
Judge Cameron wondered why Hamilton had the jack handle in
the car with him rather than keeping it in the boot "where
every normal person keeps such an item".
Hamilton was remanded to August 26 for a Restorative Justice
conference to be arranged. He would also be sentenced on that
- By the Wanganui Chronicle