Walked into court with a machete and a Darth Vader mask

Joel William Zessin was sentenced to immediate imprisonment on June 3.  (Great Southern Live)

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An Albany man who walked into the Rockingham Magistrates Court with a machete and a Darth Vader mask has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Joel William Zessin pleaded guilty to 10 charges in Albany Magistrates Court and when Magistrate Dianne Scaddan handed down her sentence, he slammed his hands on the bench and swore.

“Just throw the book at me,” he said.

“I’ll get killed in prison.”

Police Prosecuting Sgt Peter Yuswak told the court Mr Zessin walked into Rockingham Magistrates Court with the weapon on July 24 at 10.55am.

When security asked the offender why he had the machete he claimed he “wanted to get the attention of” police.

In another incident the offender trespassed into a Newcastle Street apartment building on August 30 between 5am and 5.30am.

Police were called and Mr Zessin tried to hide in a firehose cupboard.

He refused to provide his personal details to police and had to be forced into the police car before being taken to Perth Watch House.

On a separate occasion Mr Zessin was caught driving Holden commodore on March 9 despite having his licence disqualified for life.

He gave police a false name.

Mr Zessin was also charged with five counts of breaching a suspended imprisonment order.

Sgt Yuswak asked the court to consider immediate imprisonment.

“He shows a total disregard for court orders,” he said.

Mr Zessin represented himself and pleaded with the court not to send him to prison as he was fearful.

“I had no intent of using the weapon,” he said.

“I had a brain snap.

“I swear to the court I will never break the law again.”

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said this was Mr Zessin’s third chance and he had ignored previous court punishments. 

“In my view the taking of a machete and a costume to a courthouse presents a serious risk to the public,” she said.

Mr Zessin is eligible for parole and was ordered to pay a $1100 fine and court costs.  

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