What was he thinking

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DESTROYED: What was left of the weatherboard home at Teralba after it was levelled by a bulldozer. Four cars and a boat were also targeted. Picture: Simone De Peak.
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WHAT was going on in the mind of Jamie Sager as he embarked on the climaxof his bulldozing rampage, driving into, over and through a family’s home at Teralba andleaving a trail of destruction in his wake?

What the 49-year-old was thinking and what his “intent” was as he commenced demolishing the house will be the central issue during a trial inNewcastle District Court this week.

Mr Sager on Monday pleaded not guilty tomaliciously damaging property with intent to endanger life.

During his opening address,Crown prosecutor Brian Costello told the jury Mr Sager used to live at the house, but hisrelationship with the occupants souredto the point that he had decided to “exact or inflictsome sort of revenge on the family”.

What was he thinking The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebook The scene at the Weir Road property in Teralba. Picture: Simone De PeakIn the early hours of June 8, 2015, Mr Sager stole a 49-tonne bulldozer from a nearby mine site, drove it through bush tracks, waited until sunrise and then headed for the home on The Weir Road.

Mr Costello said he destroyed four cars –completely flattening two –and a boat before turning his attention on the house.

“None of those facts will be in any real dispute in this trial,” Mr Costello said. “The only issue in dispute will be did Mr Sager intend to endanger the life of any person inside the house at the time he destroyed it.

“Inessence, what this trial is going to be about is what was going on in the accused’s mind as he destroyed the house.”

Mr Costello told the jury that at the end of the trial he would ask them to accept that the occupants were still inside the home when Mr Sager began demolishing it and that he knew they were still inside the home.

“You may think,almost as night follows day,anyone who sets about completely flattening a house using a very large industrial bulldozer armed with the knowledge that people are still inside that housemust intend, by that conduct, to puttheir lives in danger,” he said.

Public defender Peter Krisenthal said his client did not destroy the home with the intent to endanger the lives of the occupants.

“He accepts that he drove the bulldozer and he drove it in a manner which clearly intimidated people,” Mr Krisenthal said.

“He was wrong, absolutely he was wrong.

“Without justification and certainly with blame.

“He stole a bulldozer for goodness sake.”

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