Bogan builder given a cell for his new home

Years of hell in river­side street slammed by judge


A “BOGAN’’ builder will spend five months be­hind bars for stalk­ing his neigh­bour over al­most three years, forc­ing her fam­ily to sell their river­side home.

Bris­bane Dis­trict Court Judge Ian Dear­den yes­ter­day sen­tenced Steven Tara­siuk, 49, to 15 months in jail, sus­pended af­ter five months, for stalk­ing solic­i­tor and town plan­ner Arna Duetz.

On Thurs­day, a jury found Tara­siuk guilty of stalk­ing Mrs Duetz, but not guilty of stalk­ing his other for­mer Ivy St, In­dooroop­illy neigh­bour, Qan­tas pi­lot David Coates.

Judge Dear­den said Tara­siuk’s “se­ri­ous” stalk­ing caused Mrs Duetz pro­longed emo­tional and men­tal suf­fer­ing over two and a half years.

Judge Dear­den said Tara­siuk, who bought a large block of land off Mrs Duetz in 2012 for $1.7 mil­lion, was de­ter­mined to build “a large, im­pres­sive and im­pos­ing house’’.

Tara­siuk had been driven to build his house, oc­cu­py­ing most of the block, re­gard­less of how the ef­fect of the build­ing and his con­duct had on his neigh­bours, the judge said. His con­duct to­wards Mrs Duetz ex­em­pli­fied “an ex­tra­or­di­nary nar­cis­sis­tic ap­proach to suc­cess at any cost’’, even if it in­volved driv­ing away his neigh­bours. “Sadly, for Mrs Duetz, she quite clearly be­came your tar­get,” Judge Dear­den said. Mrs Duetz felt like a pris­oner, un­able to live in the house she and her fam­ily felt was their dream home, where they had planned to live for many years. Judge Dear­den said Tara­siuk had shown no re­morse. He said he could have made peace with his neigh­bour, who made le­git­i­mate com­plaints and in­quiries to Bris­bane City Coun­cil. In­stead, he con­ducted him­self in a way re­flected in the stalk­ing, “right through to the very bit­ter end”. While Mr and Mrs Duetz were try­ing to sell their house, Tara­siuk hung a sign on his front fence, say­ing “As Seen on ACA 9”, re­fer­ring to a TV show about the dis­pute. He found Tara­siuk was present when the words “Wankers Nabers” was writ­ten on his side of the Duetz’s bound­ary wall. “His course of con­duct was de­lib­er­ate, cal­cu­lat­ing and per­sis­tent,” Crown pros­e­cu­tor Ron Swan­wick said. Mrs Duetz told the court when she went into her yard, Tara­siuk would cough to get her at­ten­tion and then say “bitch”. It also was claimed Tara­siuk called Mrs Duetz an “ugly f … ing dog bitch”. Judge Dear­den yes­ter­day im­posed a 10-year re­strain­ing or­der, bar­ring Tara­siuk from any con­tact with Mrs Duetz and her fam­ily and David Coates and his fam­ily.

NO GOOD NEIGH­BOUR: Steven Tara­siuk out­side court; (inset) Arna Duetz

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