Fined: Matthew Tupper. Photo: Facebook
The note stuck on the windscreen said: “Please call this number and I’ll move my car, you inconsiderate prick”.
Angry at finding a car in her disabled spot at a Zetland unit block, a woman parked her car directly behind the GoGet hatchback and left the note with her contact details under the windscreen wipers.
When Matthew Tupper returned to the hire car and found the note, he crouched down, got an object out of his pocket and scratched the woman’s car.
Mr Tupper was then captured on CCTV walking towards the hire car, before returning to the woman’s car and scratching it again.
He was able to manoeuvre the hatchback out of the disabled spot in the early hours of May 9.
In the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday, Mr Tupper, a 28-year-old consultant at Deloitte, pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly damaging property.
His solicitor, Jimmy Singh, asked Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson not to record a conviction because Mr Tupper hopes to work and travel in America, where his wife is from, and has to undergo background checks for work projects.
But Judge Henson recorded a conviction, fined Mr Tupper $2000, ordered him to pay more than $3000 to cover the damage and gave him a firm reprimand.
The judge said the issue of people wrongly parking in disabled spaces was a concern to many in the community.
“The reality of the courts is to protect the community, everybody, not just you as an individual,” he said.
“This was not a fleeting course of conduct … there were thought processes. You had every opportunity to stop, but continued nonetheless.
“A conviction is warranted.”
The court heard Mr Tupper, from Potts Point, had worked on projects for NSW Police and Justice NSW.
It was Mr Tupper’s wife who had parked the car in the disabled spot that night, Mr Singh said.
“The victim called his wife an ‘inconsiderate prick’ in that note. She was blocked from getting out, she’s not very good at driving around Sydney.
“He was angered, and acted very impulsively.”
Mr Tupper had written an apology letter to the victim and was very remorseful, the court heard.
He also handed over a bank cheque in court to cover the damage to the woman’s ca