A Bunbury man has been fined after biting a shopping centre security guard while being apprehended for shoplifting. Jack David Lankester appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday where he was fined a total of $1700 after previously being convicted of stealing and assault occasioning bodily harm. The court was told Lankester was at Coles within the Parks Shopping Centre in Carey Park during the afternoon of November 13 last year where he took a shopping bag, filled it with grocery items and left the store without paying. When he was confronted by a security guard stationed outside the store, Lankester attempted to flee, causing the security guard to chase him and tackle him to the ground. While being apprehended, Lankester bit the security guard on the chest over his shirt. Police were then called and Lankester was arrested. In submissions, the court was told Lankester had been drinking at home prior to going to the shops with his partner, and he thought the grocery items had already been paid for by his partner. It was also submitted Lankester had since taken part in the Alcohol and Other Drugs diversion program, which he completed successfully. In sentencing, Magistrate Benjamin Tyers told Lankester he was “lucky that he wasn’t instead charged with robbery” and ordered $1500 from the total fine be paid to the victim.