An 18-year-old threatened a man with a metal baseball bat in a carpark at Yakamia Primary School before confronting another person with the weapon. Ethan Carl Penny appeared in Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday pleading guilty to two counts of being armed in a way that may cause fear. Police prosecutor Sergeant Alan Dean told the court the first incident happened about 8.15am on May 18. While driving in his Holden Statesman, Penny saw a man he had experienced issues with in the past and immediately become angry, Sgt Dean said. Penny followed the man, who was with his 15-year-old-daughter, to Yakamia Primary School. “The accused shouted at the victim, picked up the metal baseball bat,” Sgt Dean said. “The accused stood at the rear of the car and continued shouting at the victim.” Sgt Dean told the court the victim was concerned that Penny was going to damage his car or assault him and his daughter. After the confrontation, Penny travelled to a store in McKail. As he was leaving the store, he crossed paths with a stranger and became “irate as he believed the victim was staring at him”, Sgt Dean said. Penny got in his car, stuck the bat out the window and waved it in a threatening manner towards the 26-year-old victim. Sgt Dean told the court Penny was arrested later that morning. The bat was seized by police. Penny later told police he was “paranoid”. Defence lawyer Raymond Muir admitted to the court that both incidents were serious. “The incident at the local primary school would have been alarming for anyone,” he said. Mr Muir said the first incident stemmed from ongoing matters that “escalated”. Mr Muir asked the court to consider granting his client a spent conviction due to his efforts in getting help with mental health issues, looking to move away from Albany and find employment. Magistrate Robert Young said Penny’s “menacing” behaviour in public would have been “frightening”. “This is extremely bad behaviour of trying to take the law into your own hands,” he said. “It’s disappointing because you’re otherwise quite an intelligent young person with potential.” Mr Young fined Penny $2000 and granted him a spent conviction.