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Wade Noel Kickett lashes out at neighbour after AFL loss

staff writerSouth Western Times
A South West footy fan who threatened to ‘bash’ and make his neighbour ‘piss’ after he became angry at his favourite AFL team losing has fronted court over the outburst.
Camera IconA South West footy fan who threatened to ‘bash’ and make his neighbour ‘piss’ after he became angry at his favourite AFL team losing has fronted court over the outburst. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

A South West footy fan has fronted court over an angry outburst when his favourite AFL team lost, during which he threatened to “bash” and make his neighbour “piss” in front of her young child.

Wade Noel Kickett, 30, appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday, where he was sentenced on one count of threatening to unlawfully do an act, and was handed a suspended fine by showing progress towards managing his anger.

Wade Noel Kickett
Camera IconWade Noel Kickett Credit: Facebook

Kickett was handed a suspended fine of $600, which he would have to pay if he reoffends within the next three months.

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On March 23, Kickett was watching the Carlton versus Geelong AFL match at home while drinking alcohol, when his neighbour heard him aggressively yelling and swearing.

After becoming distressed and beginning to feel unsafe for herself and her young child, the neighbour contacted police about his behaviour.

Police warned Kickett to keep the noise down due to the complaints.

After this warning, he became angry about his neighbour’s actions, walking over to her house to confront her.

Then, in front of the woman’s young child — Kickett made threats to “bash” the woman and “make her piss”.

Fearing for her safety, the victim locked herself and her child in their home before calling the police.

Kickett was arrested immediately at the scene, where he made a full admission to the attending officers.

According to his social media, Kickett is a Geelong fan, the Cats narrowly going down to Carlton 90-82 on the night of the incident.

During sentencing, the man’s lawyer told the court Kickett has been creating anger-management “strategies” since the offending and is hoping to continue working on them going forward.

Community corrections also reported the man had completed the alcohol and other drug diversion program, in what they described as a “significant performance.”

Magistrate Michelle Harries handed down a suspended fine of $600, describing the incident as one that would be “very frightening” for the victim.

She noted his positive engagement with the AODD program and “large gap” since previous offending, suspending the given fine as “incentive” for Kickett to continue his good behaviour.

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