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Poultry in motion: Feathers fly over wandering chook

FEATHERS flew in the latest round of a neighbours dispute when a Rhode Island Red hen owned by Dwayn Spiller roamed into his neighbour's yard who then complained to Gladstone Council.

Spiller says he is illiterate and tore a council warning letter into shreds before tying the remnants to a rock and lobbing it into his neighbour's yard.

Unluckily for him, the airborne missile struck and smashed a solar light at the letterbox, the damage landing Spiller before Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Spiller, 48, a farmer, pleaded guilty to causing wilful damage to the light at Boyne Valley on November 18.

In police facts before the court, prosecutor Snr Constable Sam Pyke said the neighbour found his solar light shattered at the letterbox, a letter from Gladstone Council scattered in pieces, and a chunk of brick.

Snr Const Pyke said Spiller, when asked what happened, told police he received a letter from the council which he thought was a complaint.

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"He said he was so pissed off he attached it (letter) to the piece of brick and threw it but had not meant it to hit the light," he said.

"His neighbour seeks $20 restitution."

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Spiller instructs him that he became frustrated when he received another complaint from his neighbour in a council letter.

Magistrate Mark Morrow enquired as to what the neighbours were arguing about. "I can't seem to get along with him," Spiller said.

"I tried many times. He is one of those fellows can't get along with. He should just knock on the door and sort it out."

Mr Morrow told Spiller he should not take his frustrations out in such a manner as it would be him who comes before the court.

"Don't throw things. It can be quite damaging," Mr Morrow reminded him.

He fined Spiller $100 and ordered he pay $20 restitution.

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