Ongoing feud escalates with whipper snipper threat

NEIGHBOURS - it's a TV show about the happenings of a friendly, suburban street in Victoria.

It's lucky they didn't shoot the series on North Ridge Rd, Calliope, after a neighbourly dispute was played out in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court was told about an incident on February 16, when police were called about 9.20am by a person who'd been threatened by their neighbour after an early morning dispute over a whipper snipper.

The witness told police he had been trimming his lawn when his neighbour, Peter George Graham, threatened to "shove it (the whipper snipper) up your a**e and bash your head in with it".

The witness told police he had seen Graham drinking in the gutter earlier that morning, and when police went to Graham's property they saw him sleeping on the couch.

Graham pleaded guilty to one count of public nuisance.

Defence solicitor Cassandra Ditchfield told the court the incident had been brewing through an ongoing neighbourhood dispute, and her client had simply gone over to ask the witness to keep the noise down.

She said Graham denied threatening to bash the witness over the head with the whipper snipper, and that it was more of an off-hand comment.

Magistrate Russell Warfield warned Graham that these types of disputes tended to fester in people's minds and could escalate.

He fined Graham $350, with no conviction recorded.



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