Michael O’Dine, 44, fined for grabbing man by throat in Donnybrook supermarket assault

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A Donnybrook man who grabbed an unsuspecting man around the throat and thrust him into a supermarket shelf has been slapped with a hefty fine for the “particularly nasty” act.

Michael O’Dine, 44, was sentenced in his absence at Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday for a single count of common assault relating to the November 2022 incident.

Just after 6pm on November 12, O’Dine was seen in the drinks aisle of Donnybrook IGA walking towards the check-outs with his partner and their son.

As he approached the end of the aisle, the victim rounded the corner when O’Dine grabbed him by the throat and pushed him into the aisle shelves.

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The pair proceeded to get into a verbal altercation, the victim trying to take out his phone and film the attack, while O’Dine tried to take the phone from him.

The scene attracted the attention of IGA staff, who asked both men to leave the store.

The incident was captured on in-store CCTV cameras.

The prosecution told the court the victim was known to O’Dine, saying there had been “ongoing issues” between the pair.

Magistrate Linda Keane handed down a $600 fine for the act, payable to the victim, describing it as a “particularly nasty form of violence”.

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