A Warrnambool man who attacked a vehicle with a wrench after a minor altercation in a car park has lost his court appeal and will spend the next two months in jail.
Alister James Trask, 35, of Raglan Parade, pleaded guilty in mid-September to criminal damage.
He was jailed for two months but immediately released on appeal bail.
On Monday, County Court judge Mark Taft rejected Trask’s appeal, describing the attack as “morally reprehensible”.
“To grab a wrench... and belt the car when the owner had disappeared from sight into the store is low,” Mr Taft said.
“If I had heard (the matter) at first instance I would not have been as merciful.”
On May 3, 2018, an elderly motorist was attempting to reverse his vehicle into a car park at the Aldi supermarket on Lava Street in Warrnambool about 2pm.
Trask was also attempting to park and the two vehicles collided.
A short verbal altercation occurred between the two men before the victim walked away and entered the supermarket.
Trask then grabbed a large wrench from his car and began attacking the other vehicle, causing damage to the wheel arch.
He was later identified by police through CCTV footage, a vehicle registration check and a witness statement.
During an interview Trask denied the allegations, stating to police that he shopped at Gateway Plaza and not in Warrnambool’s CBD.
He later told his lawyer that the elderly driver was at fault.
Trask’s criminal history includes kicking a window of a shop in 2014 and damaging a basin in the Warrnambool police cells in 2011.