An 18-year-old man has been fined for a home burglary and destruction of property after his machete-wielding rampage in Kojonup last May. Isaiah Jim Greeuw-Reid was sentenced in Katanning Magistrates Court on October 3 after pleading guilty to burglary and destruction of property on August 8. Police prosecutor Sgt Phil Milne told the court that on May 24 Greeuw-Reid forced entry into the victim’s vacant property believing they had stolen from him. “He began striking living room walls and mirrors with a machete before entering a bedroom and continuing to bash the television and walls,” Sgt. Milne said. “Most of the damage was done to the house rather than belongings. “He has jumped from initial anger to extreme aggression.” Greeuw-Reid’s defence lawyer said her client learned about the alleged theft from his uncle during a conversation over two beers, which left him angry. She said he regretted his actions and never intended to hurt anyone. The court was later told the house was not owned by the victim but by an independent landlord. Magistrate Dianne Scadden said in her sentencing remarks alcohol could impair judgment and this form of revenge should not be tolerated. “Two beers could result in poor decision making but you do not get to go and seek retribution by forcing entry into a home and significantly damaging it,” she said. “There is a fine line between being furious with a machete with no one around and then with someone else present. “You are lucky no one else was there. “Your anger has led to the damage of property belonging to someone entirely unrelated to your outburst.” Greeuw-Reid was fined $4637.50 as compensation for the damaged property and $264.30 for the burglary, and handed a 10-month community-based order.