A TERANG man who took offence to being labelled a drug dealer has received a suspended jail term for taking the law into his own hands.
Jarrod Dance, 32, of Thompson Street, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to using threatening words, unlawful assault and driving in a dangerous manner. He received a 14-day jail sentence which was suspended for six months, was convicted and fined $850 and his driver’s licence was suspended for six months.
Police alleged that in October last year Dance heard that convicted drug dealer Jarrod Wynd had been spreading rumours that Dance was selling drugs.
Dance told Wynd he wouldn’t be making it home, glared at Wynd and went to his home. He drove quickly into Wynd’s driveway, ran up to him and punched him to the head, causing pain and redness.
Police alleged that Dance then tried to reverse into Wynd’s car and did a donut to follow the victim’s vehicle.
Magistrate Peter Mellas said Dance could not sort out his issues on the streets or take matters into his own hands. He said Dance had previously served time in jail but a suspended sentence and fine was an appropriate penalty in the circumstances.