Drawing on bad behaviour

AN ASPIRING architect who reacted to getting kicked out of licensed venues by smashing windows of CBD businesses has told a court his actions were caused by drunken stupidity.

Vofesi Junior Tupou, 20, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The court heard Tupou kicked the window of Langtree Avenue restaurant Thairiffic after being told to leave the nearby Doms nightclub, where he had been partying with two friends, on August 30, 2015.

On July 23 this year, Tupou again broke the window of a city business, this time after being asked to leave The Office Wine Bar and Lounge.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kristen Simm said police found Tupou bleeding from the face when they were called to Deakin Avenue after receiving reports of a violent male.

Sen Constable Simm said Tupou, who needed stitches in his head and wrist, was angry after being kicked out of The Office.

Tupou told police he couldn’t remember the incident but said his girlfriend told him he headbutted a window.

He told police he broke the Thairiffic window two years earlier because he was upset at being kicked out of Doms.

Tupou told the court he had “taken a step back” and reduced his drinking since he headbutted the window in July, but denied taking drugs on the night of the offence.

He told Mr Lethbridge he wanted to become an architect and put his actions down to drunken stupidity.

“How do you be an architect if you’ve got a criminal record for damaging property?” Mr Lethbridge asked.

Mr Lethbridge said Tupou was a young offender with good rehabilitation prospects and a clean record.

He did not convict Tupou but placed him on a 12-month supervision order and ordered he compensate the businesses for the broken windows and pay $500 to a Magistrates’ Court fund.

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