A Katanning man been fined for assaulting an off-duty police officer who intervened in an altercation outside a shopping centre. Alexander Donaldson pleaded guilty to all the charges, including two breaches of bail, assaulting the off-duty officer, and being armed in a way that may cause fear. Police prosecutors had downgraded Donaldson’s charge from assaulting public officer to common assault. He was sentenced in the Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday. The incident occurred about 11am on September 5, 2018 at a Woolworths carpark in Katanning. According to the prosecution, Donaldson was shouting at two women and picked up a brick in a threatening way. His defence counsel said the women were Donaldson’s pregnant partner and her sister. The sister had allegedly shouted an offensive slur at him. An off-duty officer saw the situation unfolding and told Donaldson to put the brick down. Donaldson obeyed but started to follow the pair of women after they tried to walk away. The off-duty police officer then tried to put himself between the women and Donaldson, declaring he was an officer. When he tried to call for back-up, Donaldson hit the phone out of his hand and tried to push the officer out of the way. He was then arrested and charged. According to his defence counsel, Donaldson said he had just wanted to talk to his partner and had “let the anger get the best of me”. He was glad the officer had intervened and acknowledged “things could have escalated”. The prosecuting officer said the assault was at the lower end of the scale but there needed to be a message to the community that it was not acceptable behaviour. Magistrate Raelene Johnston said Donaldson’s actions were “serious and of concern”. “It’s confronting for people to see that in public,” she said. Donaldson was ordered to pay $1900 in fines.